Why Use Markup Languages for Software Documentation?

Lois Patterson, Technical Publications Manager, FINCAD, originally presented 4 May 2016

“Treat docs as code” is a common slogan for many documentation teams today. We need to create documentation on the fly and some of our content is often auto-generated. By writing our documents in markup languages such as Markdown, we can work speedily and readily integrate with software development teams. Let’s look at how markup languages such as Markdown, restructuredText, and AsciiDoc can help you produce more documentation more quickly, and provide an improved user experience as well.


What we can learn from and within the Open Documentation World: Take a peek into the GNOME Docs!

Radina Matic, Accessibility, University of Barcelona & Shaun McCance, Community Documentation Liaison, Red Hat, originally presented 9 March 2016

What the heck is a Hackfest? And the DocSprint?

I am a TechComm student, what can I learn with open source platforms like GNOME?

Welcome to the real-life way of learning topic based authoring, Git, XML, and how to work in distributed teams with online tools, all while collaborating in making technology free and open to everyone.


When Words Just Don't Cut It: Communicating Data Visually

Michael Opsteegh, Sr. Communications Specialist, Eyefinity, Inc., originally presented 29 October 2015

Engage your readers and help them understand information, see relationships, and make decisions by visualizing data. We’re all swimming in big data, and our job as technical communicators is to help our users understand information and make smart choices. Understanding what types of data should be visualized, the different types of visualization, and what tools to use can give you more confidence in visualizing data for your readers.


Winning Strategies for Independent Consultants

Beth Gerber, originally presented 18 September 2014

Learn proven strategies for surviving and thriving as an independent consultant or small firm. This includes identifying consulting opportunities, networking effectively, making and closing deals, fostering long term relationships, and keeping your business profitable.


Writing Across Genres: The Formulas and Technicalities of Writing Outside the Box

Lynn Nickels, originally presented 9 April 2013

Learn how to use the Concept Chunking Super Template (CCST) to write across genres and write outside the box you’ve been writing in. This tool will show you how to see the commonalities between different styles of writing, allowing you to have the confidence to write outside your comfort zone!