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ASTC Conference: Gold Coast - 12 to 13 October (Tue, 18 Sep 2018)

One of the joys of being a technical communicator is that we never have the chance to get bored or become complacent about our knowledge. In our role, change is a constant. The ASTC annual conference offers a unique opportunity to keep up with those changes. The conference provides us with a quick and cost effective way to learn the latest techniques, terminology, tools and other relevant information. The venue is Novotel Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast, from Friday 12 to Saturday 13 October. Registration for both days is $640 for ASTC members, $760 for non-members, or $310 for students.


MadWorld Europe 2018 (Sat, 14 Jul 2018)

The first annual MadWorld Europe conference kicks off in Prague, Czechia, from 11 to 14 September 2018. The conference features industry thought leaders such as Germán Basterra, Matthew Ellison, and Michael Fritz from leading organizations Nestlé GLOBE, UA Europe, and TEKOM Europe. In addition, MadWorld Europe has three nightly networking events, a Technical Support Lounge for one-on-one technical support, and a full-day advanced workshop following the main conference.


TCUK Conference 2018 (Sat, 23 Jun 2018)

TCUK 2018 is taking place at De Vere Staverton Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire from 25th to 27th September 2018. Online booking for TCUK 2018 is now open. TCUK is the ISTC’s annual conference for everyone involved in writing, editing, illustrating, delivering and publishing technical information. With over 30 different presentations and workshops both from world-renowned speakers and from the ISTC’s own members, it offers three days of intensive learning, with social activities for networking and an impressive vendor exhibition.


MadCap Flare 2018 and MadCap Central Released (Sat, 14 Jul 2018)

Major new releases of MadCap Flare and MadCap Central are now available. Flare adds a new streamlined contribution and review workflow using MadCap Central’s entirely cloud-based lightweight editor. Subject matter experts, authors and other non-Flare users can now easily create and review content using an integrated cloud-based workflow. Additional major new features and enhancements for Flare and Central can be found below.The latest release of MadCap Flare adds new features and functionality to maximize authoring efficiency and content reuse. MadCap Central’s new lightweight editor gives subject matter experts, authors and other non-Flare users an easy way to create and review content.


Oxygen 20.1 Released (Sat, 14 Jul 2018)

Version 20.1 of the Oxygen XML Editor brings you a variety of new features and improvements that focus on productivity, performance, efficiency, and simplicity and covers many aspects of functionality from XML authoring to XML development, from add-ons to built-in functionality. This maintenance release includes productivity improvements for DITA, XSLT, and new editing features and validation support for JSON documents. DITA publishing was updated to make the WebHelp output compliant with the Section 508 accessibility standard, making it accessible for people with disabilities, and publishing DITA maps to PDF using CSS styles can be applied on HTML5 as intermediate format, thus reusing the HTML5 WebHelp publishing CSS styles. As usual, this version also contains numerous new add-ons, API, and component updates.


ASTC Annual Conference on Gold Coast (Sat, 14 Jul 2018)

The Australian Society for Technical Communication conference provides us with a quick and cost effective way to learn the latest techniques, terminology, tools and other relevant information. The topics that the conference covers give us an opportunity to learn about trends that we may otherwise never learn about. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th at Novotel Surfers Paradise, 3015 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.


WritersUA West, Silicon Valley, 14-15 April 2016 (Thu, 14 Jul 2016)

The WritersUA West Conference in 2016 will be held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California. An aggressive agenda of UA intensity is planned, with two separate sequences of UA-specific learning: for design and writing and for tools and technologies. A dozen expert presenters will share their knowledge in this collegial gathering of software user assistance professionals. The conference runs from 14 to 15 April 2016.


UA Europe 2016 in Budapest, 9-10 June (Mon, 06 Jun 2016)

The premier Euopean conference for user assistance professionals is being held in Budapest, Hungary, from 9 to 10 June 2016. UA Europe is an annual conference for technical communicators, user assistance specialists, information architects, technical authors, software developers, documentation managers that focuses on software user assistance and online Help. It provides a unique update on the latest industry trends, technical developments, and best practice in software user assistance. The venue this year is the 4-star Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget on the secluded Margaret Island on the Danube in the heart of Budapest.


DITA for Documenting Project Requirements (Fri, 12 Feb 2016)

Alex Masycheff has written a series of blog posts entitled "7 Reasons Why DITA Can Be a Great Choice for Documenting Project Requirements". The posts provide some useful insights into the benefits of using DITA for a range of documentation and publishing scenarios.


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