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Tech Comm Café: January 19 recap

Tech Comm Café:  January 19 recap

The first Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café of 2017 was held January 19. The small group of technical writers, aspiring technical writers, and our invited guest met at the The Next Sushi in Victoria’s Cook St. Village. Our guest for the evening was Olga Romanova, the Human Resources manager at Reliable Controls. Olga had kindly…

STC Canada West Coast chapter conducts first salary survey

STC Canada West Coast chapter conducts first salary survey

The STC Canada West Coast chapter has conducted its first online salary survey. Over half of the chapter membership participated in the survey, which was a joint venture between the Canada West Coast and the Toronto chapters. Detailed results were sent to all Canada West Coast and Toronto chapter members in early December. This survey…

February 18 – all hands collaboration meeting

February 18 – 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…

Writing a news release

Writing a news release

The tech writing world rarely intersects with the news world, but news writing is still a handy skill to have. You might find yourself in a communications role – having to write a news release or announcement for a website, for example. Traditionally, the purpose of a news release was to attract the interest of a…

A Flare CSS primer: CSS in action

A Flare CSS primer: CSS in action

(This is the second of two articles about Madcap Flare’s use of Cascading Style Sheets) In a previous article, A Flare CSS Primer, we looked at how Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) work to selectively apply formatting. In this article, we’ll take this theoretical knowledge about how CSS works and put it to practical use in…

Register now for our hands-on Intro to Madcap Flare course

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is delighted to announce that registration is now open for our full-day, hands-on Introduction to Madcap Flare training course, to be held at BCIT’s downtown campus on Saturday, March 11. Madcap Flare is the current power tool of choice for single-source authoring by tech writers. You can output to…

What is an Information Designer?

  We can think of technical communication as one large, continuously developing field, and information design as a related discipline or additional skill made up of graphic design, human factors design, and writing. Famous examples of information design take us back to Florence Nightingale’s Diagram of the Causes of Mortality and Charles Minard’s Carte figurative…

Amy Takeda advances to national engineering competition

Chapter member and active volunteer Amy Takeda has advanced to the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held in March at the University of Calgary. Amy, a tech writing student at BCIT, and competition partner Dean Tamboline, a third-year engineering student, qualified for the national event by placing second in the Engineering Communications category at the…

February 15 – Beat the mid-winter blues at the Blackbird Pub

February 15 – Beat the mid-winter blues at the Blackbird Pub

Beat the February Blues! Come join us on February 15 at the Blackbird Pub on Hornby and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver. This is a great opportunity to network and socialize with the West Coast technical writer community. There is no set agenda – it’s all about getting out, having fun, and connecting with your fellow…

A Flare CSS primer: Essential CSS concepts

(This is the first of two articles about Madcap Flare and CSS) If you’re just getting into Flare, you may be surprised to find many similarities with Word. If you use Flare the way you use Word, you might be very productive, but you’d be missing out on some of Flare’s best features. By diving…

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