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Join the TC Camp Unconference – Santa Clara

Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017 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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January 23, 2017: Modern Technical Writing

In Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation (an ebook available on Kindle), Andrew Etter argues for a model of technical writing that involves lightweight markup languages (like AsciiDoc and Markdown), static site generators (such as Sphinx), distributed version … Continue reading

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December 19, 2016: 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 14, 2016: Open Authoring — Content Collaboration Across Disciplines

Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen here: You can also download the MP3 file. The slides are here: Open Authoring: Content Collaboration Across Disciplines with Ralph Squillace from Information Development World Event Description At Microsoft, we … Continue reading

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October 17, 2016: Saving your sanity through better client relations

Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can watch the event here: You can listen to the event here: Event Description Is work craziness creeping over into the rest of your life? You’re not alone. Having the confidence to … Continue reading

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Sep 19, 2016: How can technical writers thrive in agile environments?

Audio recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen to the event here: Event description Most engineers in IT departments follow an agile scrum process: they track issues in sprints, assign and scope story points, meet daily to provide … Continue reading

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August 15: Hunting for Dev Doc Work around the Bay

The job market for developer documentation in Silicon Valley is the hottest in the country. But developer documentation jobs can be tricky to get, and also difficult to excel in, especially if you lack an engineering background. Despite the difficulties, … Continue reading

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July 18, 2016: Social at Sam’s BBQ

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

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May 23, 2016: Writing tech docs like a hacker with Jekyll

Static site generators are a new breed of documentation tools that are much more common in engineering groups where developers contribute to the documentation. Jekyll is one of the most popular static site generators, but it is highly similar to … Continue reading

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June 20, 2016: Let’s Tell a Story – Scenario-Based Documentation

To new users, complex software products can seem like dark woods on a stormy day. As tech writers, we often spend a lot of time talking about the overall shape of the forest and the variety of paths within it … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 24 Noon Webinar: Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content

Joe Welinske will present a webinar to our chapter on the topic of “Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content.” The webinar will be held at noon on Thursday, March 24. This webinar does not replace our monthly chapter meeting but … Continue reading

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April 18, 2016: Shape of a Modern Technical Publications Organization

Modern writing organizations need skills very different from basic writing. This session will cover the job roles and skills that your organization might need to adopt best practices. For example: content strategy, analytics, web and app development, taxonomist, linguists, etc, … Continue reading

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March 21, 2016: Building a Documentation Portal

The documentation strategy team from Palo Alto Networks, an industry-leading network security platform provider, will describe how they created a custom documentation portal from scratch in less than two years. They will describe how they took a problem-driven approach to … Continue reading

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February 22, 2016: Doc is Dead! How Walkthroughs Changed Salesforce’s Content Strategy

If you missed Gavin’s presentation, you can view the slides here: Doc is Dead! How Walkthroughs Changed Salesforce’s Content Strategy from Gavin Austin Presentation description Customers no longer have the patience to read online help or user guides. To help … Continue reading

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November 16, 2015: Version control, writers, and worfklows

Presentation description In a highly interactive discussion, we’ll go over the basics of using version control systems to help support documentation of software products. We’ll share ideas and swap war stories about how to set up workspaces and workflows, conduct … Continue reading

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