Event: Competition Celebration and Online Help Keynote

Event Summary

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6-8:30 p.m.
Guapo’s Restaurant Washington, DC, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Judges, Entrants, Competition Committee, and Chapter Volunteers: $20
Chapter Members: $30
Nonmembers: $40

Keynote Presentation

Content is King, but adding a measured dose of interactivity to your help will increase readability and usability, as well as make it more compelling. Our speaker, Nicky Bleiel, will demonstrate a number of simple ways to improve your help in a single-sourcing environment. We will:

  • Discover the options available for interactivity, including expanding/collapsing text, image maps, glossary popups, Google Maps, and more.
  • Learn how to implement these interactive options.
  • Discuss how structure contributes to successful interactivity.

Why Attend?

We offer you four great reasons to come to this event.

  • View the winning entries in our annual competition to get ideas for the technical information we craft every day in our jobs.
  • Network with others to discover solutions to challenges and build relationships.
  • Listen to our keynote presentation from Nicky Bleiel, an online help expert. This is an abbreviated version of the presentation she will deliver at the STC Summit.
  • Enjoy a fresh and delicious Mexican buffet dinner at Guapo’s DC location, less than a block from the Tenleytown Metro and in the American University neighborhood.

Agenda

6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-7:30 Keynote
7:30-8:00 Awards ceremony
8:00-8:30 Networking

Speaker

Photo of Nicky Bleiel

Nicky Bleiel has been a technical communicator for 17 years, with extensive experience writing and developing information for software products in the documentation, media, industrial automation, simulation, and pharmaceutical industries. She has presented talks at the STC Summit, WritersUA, tcworld, CIDM, and LavaCon on many topics. She has been published in STC’s Intercom (her new column is called “The Essentials”), Tieline, STC conference proceedings, tcworld magazine, TechCom Manager Newsletter, and the WritersUA and Content Wrangler websites. As the Lead Information Developer for Doc-To-Help at ComponentOne, she focuses on providing information that improves the user experience but is still efficient to produce. Nicky serves on the STC Board as a Director-At-Large and is currently a candidate for Vice President.

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I’m a technical communication consultant working primarily in the bioinformatics field and also designing and delivering training classes on 508 compliance for electronic documents. I have been involved with the STC Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter since 1994 and am an STC Fellow.