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Upcoming Events

  • TC Dojo Conclave

    • Conclave Members Only

    The Conclave is where you can learn and grow the skills, techniques, strategies, you need to climb the ladder or go out on your own.

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • TC General Mastermind Members Only

    Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

    A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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  • From Open Source Volunteer to Full-Time Tech Writer

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Gale Naylor, Facebook

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    In this talk, I describe a little bit about what open source software is and how I used my volunteer experience as an Apache Taverna committer to become a technical writer at Facebook. I describe the tangible and intangible skills I gained, as well as how I got noticed when the primary communication channel was a mailing list, and no one knew who I was. Learn more ›

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • TC General Mastermind Members Only

    Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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    TC Dojo Conclave

    • Conclave Members Only

    The Conclave is where you can learn and grow the skills, techniques, strategies, you need to climb the ladder or go out on your own.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

    A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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  • Changing the default templates in Arbortext Editor

    TC Dojo Master-in-Residence: Elizabeth Fraley

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    In this webinar, I'll show you how you can change the default doctype Template and Sample so it's more representative of the content that you actually write.

    In the Arbortext Editor File->New dialog, you get the option to choose a Sample or Template for any doctype. These come out of the box, but can be changed. Custom doctypes can also create these to speed writers on their way.

    I'll explain the difference between them and show you how to change them so they fit your information. This webinar assumes you have followed best practices and set up your custom directory according to Arbortext 101.

    Make your workflow process simple! Less work is good for everyone! Learn more ›

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • TC General Mastermind Members Only

    Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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    TC Dojo Conclave

    • Conclave Members Only

    The Conclave is where you can learn and grow the skills, techniques, strategies, you need to climb the ladder or go out on your own.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

    A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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Recently in the TC Dojo Open Sessions

Here's what you missed:

A Simple Guide to DITA Keys [Special TC Dojo Session]

Visiting TC Dojo Master: Keith Schengili-Roberts, Ixiasoft

  • TC Dojo Open Session
  • Cost: Free

Are you interested or perhaps already using DITA but find the concept of keys to be mystifying? Or are you afraid that maybe you could get better reuse out of your content if you were able to optimize your key-based content?

In this presentation by IXIASOFT DITA Evangelist Keith Schengili-Roberts (also the host of the popular “DITAWriter” website) draws back the curtain and shows that keys can be understood by mere mortals. He will provide a straightforward guide to how keys work within DITA, and while the presentation will touch briefly on some of more complex things that can be done with keys, the focus of this presentation is on key basics.

In this special TC Dojo webinar, Keith will provide you with a better sense of what keys are, how they work, and what is possible with them.

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Topic-Based writing: future-proofing your content?

Visiting TC Dojo Master: Rob Gillespie, alphadoc

Topic-Based writing: the basics

  • The nature of a topic
  • Topic morphology: title, short description (optionally) and content
  • The importance of conceptual consistency

Topic-Based writing: content creation and management

  • Standing alone versus story telling
  • A theory of content architecture?
  • Relationship to DITA and structured writing
  • Governance

Topic-Based writing: the very near future

  • Feeding chat-bots
  • Molecular content and Information 4.0

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