Author archive: Stephen Gauer

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…

September 17 – all hands chapter collaboration meeting

September 17 – all hands chapter 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…

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers full sponsorship of 20 student memberships

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers full sponsorship of 20 student memberships

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) Canada West Coast chapter is offering full reimbursement of the $75 (US) annual STC student membership fee for up to 20 post-secondary students in British Columbia. To be eligible, students must provide proof of current enrollment at a post-secondary technical, professional, or business writing program in British Columbia, either…

Customize Flare’s tripane icons

It’s a nice touch to customize the icons used in Flare’s tripane online help. Sometimes small design touches make a noticeable contribution to the polish and professionalism of online help. In this post I’ll take you through the steps of finding the icons in an output folder, changing them, and then uploading the new icons via the…

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Typography is the art and craft of arranging text on the page and screen for maximum legibility and comprehension. The world of typography changed forever when Jan Tschichold published The New Typography in 1928. Tschichold was part of the 1920s Bauhaus movement in Modernist design that radically changed our ideas about architecture, graphic design, product…

Karen Rempel presents STC award winners

Karen Rempel presents STC award winners

The Canada West Coast chapter kicks off its 2016/2017 speaker series with a presentation of the 2016 STC International Summit award winners, featuring the best work by technical communicators in print, web, and video from the US, Italy, and Israel. Karen Rempel (shown left), the 2016 STC International Summit Awards Competition Judging Manager and a…

Email or e-mail? How to create a style guide

Email or e-mail? How to create a style guide

Style guides are critical to our work as writers. They tell us how to spell words (Canadian or US?), how to hyphenate (email or e-mail?), how to punctuate (serial comma: yes or no?), how to capitalize (internet or Internet?), and how to write step-by-step procedures (is it “Click Enter” or “Select Enter”?). They lay out…

August 20 – 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,…

Strategic Planning Meeting Recap

Strategic Planning Meeting Recap

Board members, coordinators and volunteers met on Saturday, June 11, at our boardroom location at Vancity in East Vancouver for the chapter’s annual strategic planning meeting. I presented what I see as major themes for the year – Focus, Communicate, Engage, and Share. I will expand on these themes in a post coming a little…

July 16 – All-hands chapter 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…

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