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How does it work?

There are three ways to learn at the Dojo:

Upcoming Sessions

  • TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›

    To DITA or Not To DITA

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Alan Houser, Group Wellesley, Inc.

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    It’s hard to miss the hype about DITA. But what is the reality? How can you or your organization make an informed decision about whether to migrate to a DITA-based workflow? Is DITA the best choice for you? Or would you be better served by other technologies or COTS (common off-the-shelf) solutions?

    DITA has helped many organizations improve the efficiency of their publishing workflows. But is DITA for you? In this TC Dojo session, Alan Houser will attempt to separate the DITA hype from the reality. You will learn:

    • Considerations for adopting DITA.
    • Business requirements that tend to support adoption of XML-based publishing.
    • Aspects of DITA migration and workflows that tend to be particularly challenging.
    • Warning signs that DITA may not be for you.
    Register ›
  • To DITA or Not To DITA

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Alan Houser, Group Wellesley, Inc.

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    It’s hard to miss the hype about DITA. But what is the reality? How can you or your organization make an informed decision about whether to migrate to a DITA-based workflow? Is DITA the best choice for you? Or would you be better served by other technologies or COTS (common off-the-shelf) solutions?

    DITA has helped many organizations improve the efficiency of their publishing workflows. But is DITA for you? In this TC Dojo session, Alan Houser will attempt to separate the DITA hype from the reality. You will learn:

    • Considerations for adopting DITA.
    • Business requirements that tend to support adoption of XML-based publishing.
    • Aspects of DITA migration and workflows that tend to be particularly challenging.
    • Warning signs that DITA may not be for you.
    Register ›

    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • Metadata: Queen to King Content

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Toni Mantych, ADP

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    We all know (thanks, if nothing else, to the NSA), that metadata is all around us, hard at work behind the scenes making data and content more valuable, accessible, useful. In fact, the term has made it so far into the popular lexicon and consciousness that it is now used in news stories unaccompanied by a definition. And it's proliferation has been accompanied by a sense of urgency. Folks keep talking about metadata's tremendous importance: It's "the new black," even "the new data"! In this DoJo session, we'll establish a shared definition and understanding of what metadata is and then consider specifically what's in it for "us." How is metadata being used in the technical content arena, and how is this impacting our career paths and opportunities? What do we need to know?

    Register ›

    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • Acing Your Interview

    TC Dojo Master: Andrew Davis, Synergistech

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    So many jobs hinge on the interview. Learn what to do, and what not to do, in both phone and in-person interviews for technical communications jobs. From seemingly innocuous questions, to group interviews, to memorable ways to impress and guaranteed ways to bomb. Andrew will share the insights you need to dispel the butterflies and start bidding wars.

    Register ›

    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›

Did you miss the last session?

Making EPUBs Work

There are lots of tools that can generate an EPUB from various source formats, but often the resulting EPUB doesn't look so hot. Things often get even worse when you view that EPUB with a desktop reader. Using the layout features in the publishing tool doesn't seem to help much, if at all. Fundamentally, EPUBs are just a collection of HTML files wrapped up in a ZIP archive. If you have reasonable HTML and CSS knowledge, you can make most troublesome EPUBs into clean and useful online documents. Additionally, there are often problems with EPUBs that aren't immediately visible. Surprisingly (or not), most publishing tools do not create "valid" EPUBs in many cases. While these errors may not pose serious problems, it's always best to fix them where possible.

This presentation discuses the basics of the inner workings and structure of an EPUB. You'll see how to open up an EPUB, then identify and fix the problem areas.

TC Dojo Master

Scott Prentice, CEO of Leximation Inc., has been in the technical publication field since 1991 and is the president of Leximation, Inc. He focuses on custom online help and EPUB development, FrameMaker plugin and structure application development, and custom web application development. He is involved with DITA authoring and publishing, and created the DITA-FMx plugin for FrameMaker. In addition to all that, Scott is also the CEO of TC Camp. If you haven’t been, it should definitely have it on your travel and training list next year.