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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…

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…

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