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Topic Based Writing: Future-Proofing Your Content? [On-Line Event]

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

A Simple Guide to DITA Keys [On-Line Event]

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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From Clashing to Collaboration

14% of knowledge workers felt like striking a coworker in the past year but didn’t. If you are a technical writer, chances are that you were a potential target. Collaborative authoring comes at a price. It is also at odds with 87% of employees worldwide that are not engaged at work and 35.5 million European workers that report mental ill-being due to beating tight deadlines.

How, then, can we effectively author in collaboration with diverse professions and personalities? Technical writers tend to be precise; they naturally seek detail, correct errors, define terms with exactness, and question thoroughly. How can you manage stress when working with someone who generalizes, jumps to conclusions, makes changes without reasons, and races the clock?

In this presentation, you will learn how to:

  • Engage your document stakeholders effectively
  • Respond to different ways people collaborate
  • Have the freedom to be yourself at work

You will receive an introduction to a scientifically-verified framework that enables you to collaborate better on documentation projects.

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