Author archive: Stephen Gauer

January 21 – all hands collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you want to out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our February presentation

Robert Desprez goes mobile for our February presentation

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE. We continue our 2016-2017 speaker series on Saturday, February 11, with a presentation on preparing content for mobile delivery by Vancouver freelance technical writer Robert Desprez. Robert’s presentation will look at current trends in mobile use and how technical writers are…

Six students qualify for membership sponsorships

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to announce that six technical writing students in the Lower Mainland and Victoria will receive free 2017 student memberships in the STC. The six students are Phoebe Atienza from Surrey; Owen Schellenberger from Victoria; Jay McKiernan from Port Coquitlam; and Amy Takeda, Alison Gilpin, and Chris Powell…

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Flare has a powerful and flexible tool called relationship tables, which allow you to group related topic pages, and also include one or more concept and reference links. A “concept” link typically displays a page that relates to all the tasks in the table, such as a higher level overview or summary. A “reference” link…

November 26 – all hands collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you want to out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share, or would like to…

Keith Barker explores the world of personality types

Keith Barker explores the world of personality types

Our third guest speaker this fall is Keith Barker, who will lead us on an exploration of the fascinating world of the Myers-Briggs type indicator, a well-known tool for gaining insights about ourselves and how we interact with others. Keith will review the underlying theory of the tool, look at the different personality types it…

October 22 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

October 22 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

About This Collaboration Meeting This is an all-hands meeting to discuss upcoming events and seminars, welcome all volunteers, and review the work that needs to be done to keep our chapter moving forward in serving our community of writers. If you are interested in finding out what’s happening, have some ideas you’d like to share,…

The basics of linking topics in Flare

Flare gives you several basic tools for grouping links to related topics. The most time-consuming method is manual — you create a Related Topics list of hyperlinks at the bottom of each topic page. To do this, type the heading, “Related topics”, then type each topic name and create a hyperlink to the appropriate page. The…

Coming October 15 – a look at privacy in the 21st century

In the digital age how private are your parts? This is the provocative question addressed by privacy expert Cindy Oxenbury at our October 15th speaker’s event. Privacy issues are in the news every day, from police using privacy legislation to avoid releasing information and doctors using personal mobile devices to capture images of anaesthetized patients…

How much does a tech writer need to know?

How much does a tech writer need to know?

There’s an interesting tension in technical writing between knowing and not knowing. Tom Johnson, who blogs at www.idratherbewriting.com, tackled this question in an article on learner perspective. This is my take on the question of how much tech writers need to know about their subject matter. Knowing everything about a software application that you’re documenting…

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