Webinar: DITA for Conditional Text

(Speaker: Tom Magliery, XML Technology Specialist, JustSystems; Location: Anywhere with a phone line and a Web connection). Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register and pay on the Cvent page. Download a PDF of the event description and registration information.

Do you feel you’ve taken conditional text to the max – and maybe beyond – in your current documentation suite? DITA, the gold standard for supporting content reuse, includes highly scalable and flexible ways to conditionalize content so that you can deliver more customized content from a small and efficient set of source files. In this webinar, you’ll learn
* How DITA conditions can work seamlessly in multiple output formats
* How DITA can handle multiple conditions, such as multiple platforms AND audiences
* A step-by-step process for creating conditional content and creating filtered deliverables
* How working with an XML standard can be more intuitive than working with conditional text in proprietary file formats.

This session is appropriate for writers who understand basic XML concepts and are thinking of moving to DITA. Practical examples will be used throughout.

For more information about DITA, see http://dita.xml.org/

Webinar: Words, Words, Words!

We and the STC Technical Editing SIG are proud to announce our next webinar, “Words, Words, Words: Controlling the Unnecessary Sprawl of Terminology.” Get more information: download a PDF of the event description and registration information. Register by clicking Sign up now! in the upper right corner of the Cvent Event Description page.

Although there are plenty of words in our language to choose from, our technical environments unconsciously encourage us to create new terms, abuse existing terms, and forget the basics of good technical communication. This presentation will describe why controlling technical terminology is so critical to our success, explain common terminology challenges that writers and editors face today, and discuss tools, tips, and tricks for how you can control the unnecessary sprawl of terminology.

Our speaker is Michelle Corbin. Michelle is an Associate Fellow of STC and was co-manager of the Technical Editing SIG in 2006 and 2007. She has been a technical communicator for 19 years, with the past 12 years being spent as a technical editor. She works at IBM as a technical editor and information architect on various software projects. She once held the role of “terminologist” for a large portfolio of products. One of her first assignments as a cooperative education intern at IBM was creating a glossary for a software library, and she’s been editing or creating glossaries ever since.

Let’s Recognize Our Volunteers

Our chapter’s volunteers work hard to increase the value of chapter and STC membership by providing networking and learning opportunities, organizing competitions, communicating career information and job opportunities, and much more.

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Meet us at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Bethesda, MD luncheon and help us thank this year’s volunteers, install our new officers, and reveal the winner of the Distinguished Chapter Service Award. Come celebrate all of these people with us and get to know some of your fellow chapter members.

Our generous buffet lunch includes the following items:

  • Potato & Leek Soup: A traditional soup of puréed leek and potato finished with cream
  • Pub Salad: Field greens, carrot, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and bell pepper with herb vinaigrette
  • Classic Caesar: Crisp romaine tossed with our house dressing, croutons, and parmesan cheese
  • Savory Roast Turkey: Boneless turkey rubbed with herbs and served with home-style gravy
  • Roast Atlantic Salmon Fillet: Brushed with olive oil, garlic and thyme with a light lobster sherry sauce
  • Pasta Primavera: Select vegetables sautéed with garlic & basil oil served over gemmelli pasta
  • Roasted Red Bliss Potato: Rosemary and thyme seasoned Red Bliss potato
  • Rí Rá Rice Pilaf: A savory blend of rice, fresh herbs and sautéed onion and leeks
  • Warm Apple Crisp: Baked sweetened apples with an oatmeal crisp topping served with fresh whipped cream

Please pay and register (fee is $10-20 based on membership status) by 9:30 PM Tuesday, May 13.

Download a PDF of the event description.

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