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Author Archives: Philip Powers
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
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 value, guide our actions, and … Continue reading
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Touchstone, the STC Northern California’s annual technical communication competition, is starting soon. For details about the contest, click here. There are several ways to participate in this time-honored event, and we encourage writers of all fields and experience levels to … Continue reading
To those of us with a technical background, any kind of marketing work can seem like a dark art indeed. But technical writers have always been involved in white papers, spec sheets, and similar pieces. Even online help is being … Continue reading
Our next meeting will be a social dinner at Sam’s BBQ. The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks for free! Come and socialize with other members and friends during a casual BBQ dinner. Event Details Date: July … Continue reading
Reminder: This meeting is taking place one week later than usual, not on June 19. Please update your calendars. Join us for a presentation from Mary Anthony on the value of open-source project contribution as an opportunity to build practical … Continue reading