STC Webinars in July 2009

Designing and Implementing Embedded Help

presented by Nicky Bleiel
Wednesday, 15 July, 1:00–2:30 PM

Embedding Help into your software application is the ideal way to give users relevant information exactly when they need it, making them successful and increasing the usability of your application. Learn how to integrate and deploy a dynamic, embedded Help pane that displays relevant information as the user navigates the interface. Best of all, this type of Help pane can be replicated by many without a custom implementation.

Today’s Agile Documentation

presented by Megan Leney
Wednesday, 22 July, 1:00–2:30 PM

This live web seminar explores recent trends in Agile, how documentation teams at Symantec apply current Agile thinking in their day-to-day work, and findings from a survey of Agile documentation team members. Hear what is working well and which best practices contribute most to the successful integration of Symantec’s documentation teams into the Agile process.

Converting Readers from Casual Subscribers to Devoted Followers: Best
Practices for Blogging

presented by Tom Johnson
Wednesday, 29 July, 1:00–2:30 PM

Making your blog influential requires you to give consideration to some best practices for blogging. Beyond search engine optimization, readability, and format, these best practices include crafting posts with story, revealing appropriately, and connecting with users through an engaging voice.

For more information on these web seminars, contact Elreatha Matthews, Education
Manager, at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phone at +1 (571) 366-1903. To register for a live web seminar, visit STC’s website:

STC is Looking for Ideas on How to Help the Financial Crisis

[Repeating a post on the AccessAbility SIG’s blog by Karen Mardahl]

Your society needs your input yesterday!

Last week, Cindy Currie, STC President, sent out a message to all STC members asking for input to help resolve the financial crisis that the Society is facing. The Society really does need your input now!

STC is asking all members to submit any suggestions that you have to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please use “STC Crisis Suggestions” as your subject line on e-mail messages sent to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Crisis? What crisis?

You are encouraged to read the background information available to STC members on the STC site. A login is required.

For those who use Twitter, tag your tweets with #stcorg when discussing STC’s current situation to submit quick ideas.

So far, several people have posted their thoughts on their own blogs:

  • Tom Johnson wrote about "Lifelines to the STC"
  • Sarah O’Keefe asks "Whither STC"
  • M. K. Anderson writes "In Which I Comment on the STC Issue"
  • David Farbey writes "Does STC deserve to survive?"


As you can see from the titles alone, this is a serious discussion. Some might even ask why do we need to solve this financial crisis? This is a time for societal (or personal) soul-searching. What are your thoughts on the topic? Share them here or on the blogs listed here.

Again, your ideas are also more than welcome at email hidden; JavaScript is required – they are waiting for input from all STC members. Together, we can make a difference.

Ginny Redish – Letting Go of the Words (Podcast Interview at STC Summit)

Tom Johnson of the STC Intermountain Chapter interviewed Ginny Redish at Tech Summit 09 about her award winning book, Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works. A podcast of the interview lettinggoofthewordsis posted on his blog at Tom writes about the latest trends in technical communication in his blog, "I’d Rather Be Writing"

Tom also runs the Writer River: Tech Comm Social News site. Writer River is a collaborative site where technical communicators can both read and post links to interesting online content.