Chapter Meetings

LOOKING AHEAD to January 18, 2017:

STC-SF presents Monique Semp with “Leveraging Structured Authoring/DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools”

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Monique will describe how you can make use of many structured authoring best practices even when using unstructured tools.
Structured authoring frameworks such as DITA enable content reuse, enforce consistency, and guides the construction of topics-based content.  But what if there’s no budget for new tools, no time for training to “become a DITA writer,” and no time to migrate legacy unstructured content? Don’t despair!
This session demonstrates tool-agnostic techniques such as writing a good short description, designing task-focused documents, and increasing content reuse. You’ll also see how to use FrameMaker (unstructured), Word, and Flare features to style content semantically, standardize textual navigation aids, add metadata, and perform multi-channel publishing. Whether you’re a DITA beginner, a structured authoring guru forced to use unstructured tools, or a strategist contemplating a legacy conversion project, you can immediately apply the techniques in this presentation to your daily work.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

As a former engineer, Monique’s early tech writing was user manuals for the applications she designed and coded. After becoming a tech writer, she was often the “tools person” on her team, extending the team’s tools’ capabilities to make it easier to create better, more consistent content. As Monique matured as a writer and honed her doc design and writing skills, she learned a diverse range of tools and technologies. Structured authoring and its implementation in the DITA spec/commercial tooling was a natural evolution that continues to influence her work, even for contracts requiring unstructured tools. She looks forward to explaining that although writing in DITA is great, it can be a solution looking for a problem, and that frequently the answer is to leverage the best practices of structure while using traditional, unstructured tools.

RSVP on Meetup

Please RSVP on our Meetup page. This helps us plan for snacks and room space.

Meetings are now free to attend for everyone. If you would like to contribute to the chapter to help us continue providing free meetings, there’s a Chip In button on our Meetup page.


Date and Time

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except November and December.

6:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM: Chapter Announcements and Topic Presentation

Please arrive before 7:00 PM while someone is present at the entrance to let you in. Due to security restrictions, the doors can only be opened by Salesforce employees. If someone is not present at the entrance, please be patient. You can also email info@stc-sf.org to alert those inside the meeting or if you will be later than the presentation start time.


Location

Meetings are held in the Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center complex bounded by Mission, Howard, Spear, and Steuart Streets.

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Location of STC-SF meetings in Rincon Center

The entrance to the chapter meetings is near Rincon food court entry doors facing the plaza (not the entry doors on Mission Street). Look for the Salesforce lobby with two bright blue chairs in the corner.


Parking

Use either the Howard Street Garage (located between Spear and Steuart) or the garage under the Rincon Center (located on Spear between Mission and Howard). The Rincon Center underground parking garage elevator will take you to the ground floor, on the same side of the building as the entrance to the meeting center.

NOTE that the Howard Street Garage’s rates are lower at night than during the day.


Public Transportation

You can take either BART or MUNI and exit at the Embarcadero Station.

To get to the Rincon Center from there:

Turn right and walk down Spear Street, about half-way down the block. Cross the street and enter the plaza about half-way down Spear Street (on the east side of Spear Street). Walk up the steps, and when you see the Dolphin fountain, look left, you’ll see the entrance.

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