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Transitioning to Techcomm

Have you been a part of a specific work force and are looking to transition to techcomm from another career path? Do you wonder if any of your current skills will translate to techcomm, or are you completely starting over?…

Why Collaboration Between Techdocs and Marketing is Paramount

In this TC Dojo… Every day we work with SMEs. Our foothold is well established in the R&D/engineering door. But we also have a lot of information that can be useful for sales and marketing. Those groups deal directly with…

Frameworks to Manage your Technical Communication Career

In this TC Dojo… Concerned about remaining relevant as a technical communicator? Does climbing the career ladder seem irrelevant in the age of flat organizations and job hopping? This session introduces you to an alternative approach for managing careers: career…

Work Yourself out of Your Job (And Advance Your Career in the Process)

In this TC Dojo… Have you ever felt like your workday is consumed by chores? Have you ever considered taking a vacation day so that you can get some real work done? You're not alone. Most of us inherit a…

DITA Conref Push: The Other Transclude

In this TC Dojo… The ability to “pull” reusable content from DITA libraries into our current topic or map is fundamental. Since DITA 1.0 we have been able to transclude (include by reference) phrases, block elements, images, URLs, sample code,…

Let's talk about DITA maps!

How do you use maps? Are they simply deliverables–a construct for your output–or do you use them for other purposes too? In this talk, we'll talk about all that maps have to offer. We'll talk about the debate over inline…

What Every TPC Professional Needs to Understand About UX

No matter what kind of work you do as a TPC professional, chances are you working with information intended for a very specific user. This is the user who will read your content, interact with your product, or navigate your…

Deconflict: A User-Centered Approach to Editing for the Military

Military organizations are longstanding discourse communities that often pose unique challenges when it comes to fully understanding needs and preferences while balancing best practices for communication. A user-centered approach that promotes ethnographic study and co-authorship can help technical communicators improve…