Author archive: Stephen Gauer

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…

June 11 – Strategic Planning Meeting

June 11 – Strategic Planning Meeting

Every June the chapter holds a special strategic planning meeting to set priorities and plan events, speakers, and initiatives for the coming year. This is your chance to contribute, and to meet the 2016-2017 board, including Stephen Gauer, the new chapter president, and Beverlee Bishundayal, the new chapter treasurer. We’ll meet in the ground-floor boardroom…

National editors’ conference coming to Vancouver in June

The 2016 Editors Canada national conference is coming to the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in Vancouver, June 10 to 12. Editors Canada (formerly EAC, the Editors’ Association of Canada) is the national organization that promotes professional editing as key to producing effective communication. Its 1,500 members work with individuals and organizations in the corporate,…

Spotlight: Karen Rempel

Spotlight: Karen Rempel

Karen Rempel has been a successful technical writing consultant in Vancouver for over 20 years. She’s been an active member of the STC since 1994 and served as President of the CWC chapter from 2008 to 2009. Question (Q): What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on? Answer (A): I absolutely loved a project I…

Should You Become a Contractor?

Should You Become a Contractor?

By Stephen Gauer At the 10- to 15-year point in their careers, some tech writers decide to make the leap to contract work, where they give up the security of a full-time staff position to work on their own as freelancers. Contract refers to the work arrangement: you’re hired by a client at a fixed…

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