Style Guides: Fashionable But Also Practical [On-Line Event]

Having problems with inconsistently written documentation? Do your user manuals need some help themselves? If so, then you need a style guide for your technical writing team. We’re not talking about what they should wear, but how they should write.

Content couturier Keith Schengili-Roberts (IXIASOFT) talks about what they are, why you need them and how to use them effectively. While not exclusively focusing on DITA, Keith will also talk about why a style guide is a necessity for any team working with DITA.

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DITA Keys and Conkeys [On-Line Event]

In this webinar we tackle the DITA feature keyrefs and conkeyrefs. The keyref and conkeyref mechanisms allow you to easily switch variable content. We will show how keys and key references are referenced by DITA maps; how processing is evaluated; how to combine keys with maps for easier manageability; and how to use conkey references instead of conref to simplify reuse and manage your content.

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Fit the most information in the least amount of space [On-Line Event]

Writing instructions for products you can hold in your hand isn’t the same as writing for the software industry. In many cases, you’re creating paper documents to fit in small boxes, so page layouts matter. This session addresses the unique needs of writers in the manufacturing industry, but these tips also apply to writing for the web and mobile devices.

In this session, you’ll learn about space-saving strategies, including the following:

  • Writing concisely
  • Positioning tables and figures effectively
  • Using multilingual layouts

Details

  • TC Dojo Open Session
  • Date: 6 October 2014, 9 AM Pacific/US
  • Audience: All
  • Cost: Free

About the Visiting Dojo Master

With nineteen years’ experience in technical communication, Andrea Wenger is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and a past president of the STC Carolina Chapter. Her speaking credentials include numerous STC presentations and webinars at the local and international level. A member of Toastmasters, she blogs at WriteWithPersonality.com.

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