Author Archives: Philip Powers

New resource: RESTful API Slides by Tanya Perelmuter now available

I’m happy to report that our June 2018 meeting was very well attended. By popular request, the slide deck for “Understanding RESTful APIs and Documenting Them with Swagger” can now be found at the link below. It serves as a … Continue reading

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June 18, 2018: Understanding RESTful APIs and Documenting Them with Swagger

This month, Tanya Perelmuter will provide an overview of RESTful APIs and discuss how to document them with Swagger / Open API Specification. Update: Slide deck is now available at the link below. Understanding RESTful APIs and Documenting Them With … Continue reading

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What’s New in June 2018? A WordPress Muse and Summer Schmooze!

STC-SVC members and associates have a few events to look forward to in the month of June: 1. Maintaining A Stellar Site Update: A recording of this webinar can be found here. To download the slide deck, click here. This … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018: The 7 Deadly Sins of Brainstorming

This month’s presentation is something a little bit different, and a lot more interactive! Brainstorming is like a hammer – everyone has seen one, but few actually use it to its fullest potential. It is usually done on the fly, … Continue reading

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New Chapter Officers

The ballot for STC-SV leadership elections is now closed. Thank you to all members who voted! Changes in chapter officers for 2018-2019 are as follows. President: Philip Powers Vice President: Karie Fraley Treasurer: Lena Hunter Secretary: Jenny Hutton Multimedia Manager: … Continue reading

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March 19, 2018: Measuring Success

Recording can be found here. In this talk, Andrew Etter goes beyond “clear, concise, correct, and complete” and explores a better method for determining the effectiveness of documentation. How can the intersection of quantitative metrics and qualitative assessments prove our … Continue reading

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February 19, 2018: What Hiring Managers Really Need

Recording can be found here. Do you despair about qualifying for a technical communications position because you don’t have all the skills and experience they demand? You might be surprised how many of a typical tech writing job’s “requirements” are … Continue reading

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STC-SV Officer Elections, 2018-2019

The ballot for chapter leadership is now open! Cast your vote here. The ballot will close at 11:59pm on March 31, 2018. Election results will be posted the next day. Only subscribing STC members may vote. Remember to enter your … Continue reading

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January 22, 2018: Chatbot Expert

Chatbot is the latest buzzword in the tech world. Everybody is gushing over how amazing it is to have a chatbot for your business.In this talk Chatbot Expert, Ashish Kumar would be discussing how businesses across the world are using … Continue reading

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January 2018 meeting moved 1 week

Please be advised that this month’s STC-SV meeting at IHOP, Santa Clara, has been shifted to the fourth Monday (January 22). Presentation details will be posted shortly under the Next Meeting tab. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Join the TC Camp 2018 Unconference

Saturday, Jan. 27st, 2018 is TC Camp, a FREE Tech Comm unconference in Santa Clara, CA. It’s called an unconference because attendees propose and vote on topics they would like to discuss and learn about. The 2-hour morning workshops are … Continue reading

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Low-cost distance education: DITA, Flare, Framemaker, CMS

This tip comes to us from Dan Littman. For writers seeking to begin or continue their training in tools such as Adobe Framemaker; content management systems; help systems; and more, Austin Community College (TX) offers affordable online courses through their … Continue reading

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December 18, 2017: Holiday Schmooze at Stein’s Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View

During December, we always have a holiday schmooze where we get together over dinner and socialize. During the holiday schmooze, there isn’t a specific presenter, nor a set agenda. Instead, you can kick back and nibble away at Stein’s truffle … Continue reading

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November 20, 2017: Introduction to API Documentation

In Silicon Valley, there’s no greater demand for tech writers than with API documentation roles. This is primarily because, unlike traditional documentation around user interfaces, APIs are primarily marketed through their documentation. As such, the API documentation has a huge … Continue reading

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October 16, 2017: Trends in Technical Writing

Have you wondered why an agency doesn’t call you back after your initial interview? Or why you stop hearing from them after several successful projects? Come chat with Tim about what makes a independent contractor the type of contractor an … Continue reading

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