Posts Tagged ‘NWTCG’

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 02-05-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

This will be a meeting of the North West Techinical Communicators group to discuss our plans for the following year or so. If you are interested in technical communication, information design, technical editing etc and would like to be involved then come along.

We are looking for volunteers to speak on subjects covering the whole range of technical communication, as well as people who are willing to offer up some of their time to help run the group.

In the past we have had sessions on DITA-XML, Usability, Software Tool demos, Confernce Reviews, The Future of Tech Comms, Psychology, and many more.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 06-06-2013
End Time: 21:00
Start Time: 19:00

Release Notes Clinic

As technical writers the creation of release notes is normally one of those jobs we would prefer not to do. We grudgingly put something together at the end of a project, but few of us put the effort in that we would for a help system or a guide.

In this clinic will look a various types of release notes how they vary from company to company and try and answer the following questions. How vital are they? What exactly should we put in them? How long and detailed should they be? How can they be distributed? Does anyone actually read them?

If you plan to attend we encourage you to bring along a copy of some of your own release notes so we can compare them with others. Bring paper copies or a copy on a memory stick. Talk us through them and we will compare them with others. The idea is that, after plenty of questions and discussions, by the end of the evening we may have made some interesting observations and conclusions.

If you are contributing by bringing your own release notes please make sure you get a “I’m bringing mine ticket”.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 07-02-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Booking: Free but please register here

 

 

 

Speaker: Rachel Johnston

Everyone in the tech comms community is talking about DITA and its benefits, but in practice, DITA adoption can be challenging. In this session we’ll be talking about the barriers to DITA adoption, how they can be overcome and the practical factors you need to consider before making the move.

Rachel has been a technical author for over ten years, working in a variety of settings from software to healthcare. In the last year she has joined Mekon as a consultant, advising clients on how they can use structured authoring tools and techniques to create, manage and share content more effectively.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group - Exploring the XML of DITA
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 07-03-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

Exploring the XML of DITA

 

Speaker: Richard Pineger
Abstract: The web abounds with reasons to use DITA and information about the benefits of reuse and single-sourcing but, what do you actually DO? This talk dives into the detail to start to fill out the experience part of your exposure to DITA XML.
Syllabus:
  • The XML editor, map manager, and the topic editor
  • xpath search and regular expressions
  • Collaborative version control with subversion
  • Simple XSL for making repeated changes

Booking: Reserve your place at http://xmldita.eventbrite.co.uk/#

North West Technical Communicators Group

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 06-12-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Intranet is bad and you should feel bad

Details: See http://evolve.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/2012/07/your-intranet-is-bad-and-you-should-feel-bad/

Speaker Michael Kimb Jones

Bio: Michael is a professional web designer developer specialising around the WordPress open-source platform. He considers himself open-source evangelist and proponent of standards-based web design and development. His major vocational activities have been in the NHS (the UK Public Health Sector) at Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust. He has worked in a number of roles to create bespoke web-based solutions including Intranet applications, clinical tools, data collection applications and the Trust public website.