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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…

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…

Event report: Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Keith Barker at the STC Event

Keith Barker’s presentation on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) on Saturday, November 19, provided chapter members with a personal exploration of how the MBTI works, and how it can be used to resolve conflicts in the workplace. The MBTI is a self-report questionnaire designed to make Jung’s theory of psychological types understandable and useful in…

Spotlight: Gabriel Forbes

Spotlight: Gabriel Forbes

In December’s Spotlight, we feature Vancouver Island’s Gabriel Forbes. He currently serves as the STC Canada West Coast chapter Coordinator for Vancouver Island. A senior technical writer who boasts a wide array of in-depth experience and leadership insight, Gabriel has worked with Trimble, MDA, and Sierra Systems, and is now with Victoria’s Reliable Controls. STC…

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

The Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café met on November 9 at a coffee shop near Broadway and Cambie. After some brief introductions around the table, announcements included: — The Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication is offering a limited number of subsidized student memberships. The deadline to apply is November 30. —…

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…

Explore your personality at our Myers-Briggs presentation

The STC Canada West Coast chapter welcomes Keith Barker on Saturday, November 19, 2016 to explore the world of personality types, specifically the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI was created by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in 1943 in the United States. Katherine, an academic and teacher, wanted to understand personality…

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…

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