TC Camp Gazette #27


We are grateful for our new camp sponsors. Many thanks!

Joining the ranks of Camp Conservationists are Delta XML and Miramo. Let’s give them a big welcome! And we introduce our newest level of camp sponsor, our TC Camp Stewards! Three of the local STC Chapters are offering their financial support in addition to all the support we receive from their camp volunteers and their continued promotion in marketing and information sharing. Thank you to the San Francisco STC Chapter, the East Bay STC Chapter, and the Silicon Valley STC Chapter

The No. 1 Requested Workshop

by the Roving Reporter

Creating a Documentation Portal

You asked for it and the Directors of TC Camp searched high and low to find you a workshop leader. We are so delighted that Steve Anderson is available!

In this workshop, you will learn how Salesforce created portals for delivering documentation to end users. Along the way, you will discuss design practices and customer interactions, and learn how to use the open source version of their portal to deliver your content on the web. This is a “must see”workshop, so sign up now! Remember – Early Bird Pricing ends December 15.

In case you’ve never met Steve, here’s a little about him. Steve Anderson is an Information Architect at Salesforce. After many years of writing technical documentation, he moved into software development and focused on information delivery. He currently leads a small team that creates all the tools and processes for developing and delivering documentation for Salesforce. I’m sure he wouldn’t remember me, but I remember him from a presentation he did at SVDIG, the Silicon Valley DITA Interest Group, in January 2009. I found his presentation riveting, highly educational and informative. It must have been something special since I still remember it!

In his spare time, he obsesses over football, snails that eat the vegetables in his garden, and his precocious 6¾-year-old daughter. He loves to camp, especially now that his daughter has learned how to make her own s’mores. His favorite camping trip is to the Turkey Creek Hot Springs in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, where once he fell twice on creek crossings, and another time, he got snowed out (in May, no less).

Why I Attend TC Camp

By Prescott Williams, 2014 TC Camp attendee

Why are you a fan (or at least an attendee) of TC Camp?

I attended TC Camp last year because I was confident the program would feature very knowledgeable speakers and session topics that address current markets and technologies.

What was your favorite part of TC Camp?

My favorite part of TC Camp was how much I learned about DITA from professionals who had been through actual adoption and implementation in their companies and consulting engagements. As in STC settings, everyone was quite open and willing to share the benefits of their experience. Related to this, TC Camp a great networking opportunity. I received two contracting queries as a result of my conversations there.

Camp Extras!

Tips and tricks for TC Camp participants

By Prescott Williams, 2014 TC Camp attendee

What advice would you give someone attending for the first time?

Arrive early For one thing, I thought the campus roads were confusing and poorly marked. If we’ll be in a different location, of course this doesn’t apply. More important, I missed the preliminaries of setting the program, though, as I say I found the program to be very valuable overall.

Editor’s note: For TC Camp 2015, we’ll propose and select topics before the conference, just as we did for TC Camp 2014. Look for details in a future TC Camp Gazette.

Help Run TC Camp 2015

Here is your chance to give back to the community! Be a TC Camp Volunteer!!

A lot happens on the day of the event, and we will need plenty of help setting up, organizing, and managing the event. Plan now to help. Let us know that you’ll help run TC Camp 2015 by emailing

And now for something completely different!

Can you imagine your own jet pack? If you can stomach the height. I have a hard enough time in an airplane, let alone having a wing strapped to my back. 

Do you think jet packs could be in our near future?