Bulletins from San Francisco
Monday, 01 February 2016 by Leah Scampoli


Richard will lead a highly interactive session that begins with the basics of using version control systems to help support documentation of software products.

Of specific interest to technical communicators will be how, or even whether, a particular version controls these system can affect our decisions about chunking, modularity, and reuse. Spoiler alert: version control systems are not component content management system.

Attendees will also be encouraged to share their ideas and experiences about setting up version control system work spaces and workflows, including: conducting reviews; dealing with product-versioning issues, and working with developers.


Richard Mateosian is a freelance technical writer who for twenty years has specialized in documentation for developers. Before that, he obtained a PhD in mathematics, spent 15 years as a programmer, wrote two computer books, and spent a decade as a technical and strategic marketer in the semiconductor industry. He is a Fellow of STC, a former chapter president, and one of the leaders of the Touchstone technical communication competition. He is a charter member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core and has been the Review Editor of IEEE Micro for nearly 30 years.

Richard’s presentation is in part inspired by his recent work on documentation projects ranging from a website generated from Markdown files maintained in Git to a website generated from DITA files maintained in Perforce.


The February 2016 meeting will be in the Salesforce office in Rincon Center complex bounded by Mission, Howard, Spear, and Steuart Streets.

For directions and to register for the meeting, go to www.stc-sf.org.

Chapter News for February 2016

- The Most Important Election is Here
- Price Reduction for Monthly Meeting Tickets  
- President's News and Notes, by Leah Scampoli

Be sure the check out the latest new from the chapter at http://stc-sf.org/category/presidents-news-and-notes/

You can always check for recent posts and register for monthly meetings at www.stc-sf.org