TE SIG November Annoucements
Tuesday, 01 November 2011

1. Anne Gentle Presents "Documentation Strategies for the Social Web"

The Technical Editing SIG is proud to offer the webinar, "Documentation Strategies for the Social Web" with Anne Gentle on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at noon EST. (Convert to your time zone...(external link))

Let's say that the most driven and driving developer on your team, who also happens to be a popular blogger, comes to you and asks why your end-user documentation doesn't allow comments or ratings. Rather than stammering something about Wikipedia's latest scandal, do your homework and learn best practices from others who are implementing social web content. This presentation will teach you how to:

  1. Identify specific types of tools on the social web, such as tags, blogs, wikis
  2. List risk areas and pitfalls
  3. Identify potential roles with social strategies
  4. Build a plan for listening, participating, collaborating, and offering a platform or community

Register at the following link: http://stc-te-sig-2011-11-10.eventbrite.com/(external link)

Note that registration is a two-step process: After you sign up at the link above, you will receive a confirmation email. That email will contain a link to the GoToWebinar site, where you must register again to receive the link to the webinar. Also, two days before the webinar, you will receive an email containing a link to the page where you can download the handouts.

2. Election--Open Positions: A Message from the SIG Co-Managers

The Technical Editing SIG is getting ready to hold its annual election for the Board. We already have members who are running for the positions of Co-manager and Membership Director. That leaves two positions still open for which no one has applied: Secretary and Treasurer.

Please consider taking on one of these important roles. The commitment is minimal, but the benefit to the SIG is great. Both are one-year commitments, with Secretary requiring approximately three to six hours per month and Treasurer approximately one to three hours per month. In addition to the recognition within the SIG, this experience can be added to your resume, demonstrating a commitment to your professional career.

For more information about the two positions, please visit the SIG website:

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, or if you have any questions regarding the specifics, please contact Carol Lamarche at carol_lamarche@stc-techedit.org

carol_lamarche at stc-techedit.org


Thank you for helping make the Technical Editing SIG an invaluable resource to technical communicators worldwide.

Jeffrey Japp
Carol Lamarche
SIG Co-managers

3. Editing for Accessibility: Recording Now Available

The recording of "Editing for Information Accessibility" by Virginia Janzig is now available at the following link:
http://stc-techedit.org/tiki-list_file_gallery.php?galleryId=34(external link) or you can stream the recording directly from the Editing for Accessibility page.

You must be logged in to the website in order to access the recording. It is available only to SIG members.

4. Sign up for the SIG discussion list!

If you're not already a member of the SIG discussion list, you can sign up at the following link:
http://mailman.stc.org/mailman/listinfo/stctesig-l(external link)

The discussion list is an easy and direct way to interact with and reach out to other SIG members. Approximately 50% of our members subscribe to this discussion list and participate in lively and interesting discussions about technical editing. Some recent topics include:

  • Using an editing checklist
  • SHAREPOINT project management
  • Recommendations regarding the "Read Me First!" style guide
  • Using the FrameMaker site dictionary as a style aid

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