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Upcoming Sessions

  • What You Need to Know about Agile and Tech Comm

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Alyssa Fox, Micro Focus

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    When working in an agile environment, technical writers can face some challenges in planning, workload balancing, and execution. But writers can realize numerous benefits in this environment if they follow a few principles to stay flexible and fully engaged on their project teams.

    This session provides the top five things you need to know to be a successful technical communicator in an agile environment.

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    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 ›
  • Making EPUBs Work

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Scott Prentice, Leximation

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    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.

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    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.
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    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 ›
  • TBA but our visiting Dojo Master is Tony Mantych!

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Toni Mantych, ADP

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Description coming soon, but you can register now and be notified automatically when it gets updated.

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    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?

Using Controlled Language to Improve Re-use and Global Readiness

Mindful and enlightened TCs working in a CMS environment maximize re-use and create global-ready content that meets their audiences’ needs while reducing costs and improving efficiency. Controlled Language, implemented correctly, can help you achieve these goals. However, many companies implement Simplified Technical English or other controlled language initiatives, but struggle to maximize the benefits, or discover issues with the human side of change management. In this presentation, we will discuss best practices for implementing controlled language, identify some potential challenges, provide recommendations for working around them.

After the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of these concepts:

  • Best practices for implementing controlled language
  • Risk mitigation and the importance of pilot projects
  • Effect of implementing controlled language on your TMs
  • Benefits and ROI of controlled language

TC Dojo Master

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Comgenesis, is an STC Fellow and STC Society Immediate Past President. She’s an experienced consultant with over 25 years of experience in technical communication, much of it working with localization teams. As Principal of Comgenesis, Kit provides consulting and training to her clients on a variety of topics, including localization, content strategy, and content management. She speaks at conferences worldwide and publishes regularly in industry magazines. Her blog is www.pangaeapapers.com.