Responsive Design Workshop – TC Camp 2014

As Featured in TC Camp Gazette!Content Authoring for Responsive Design

Stop sabotaging responsive design with bad content! Your web team, your transformation architect, or your publishing system vendor spent a great amount of time and effort creating a responsive design that adapts to your customer’s devices…stop wrecking it! Old authoring techniques must be updated; defining text size using point sizes is no longer acceptable, creating an eye-pleasing layout with a hidden table is atrocious, adding a fixed-width data table is asking for trouble. How are content authors to cope?

In this workshop Mike Hamilton will explain and show techniques for authoring and styling content so that it not only works in a responsive design architecture, but increases usability and customer satisfaction. Mike will start with some of the core concepts of responsive design such as the differences between fixed values and relative values in the context of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). He will then show specific techniques dealing with text, images, tables, and layout to help ensure that your content is just as responsive as the overall system. Mike will be using the MadCap Flare authoring system for demonstrations, but the techniques will apply to anyone creating content to support publishing with responsive design as a goal.

Presenter: Mike Hamilton, VP, Product Evangelism, MadCap Software

Time: 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM

About Our Presenter

mike hamiltonPrior to joining MadCap Software, Michael Hamilton served as the Product Manager for Macromedia’s award-winning RoboHelp product line. As product manager of RoboHelp at Blue Sky Software, eHelp, and then Macromedia, Mr. Hamilton gathered input and feedback from the customer community and guided ongoing development of the various RoboHelp products. Mr. Hamilton joined the RoboHelp family in 1998 as a founding member of the Training Solutions Program team, where he co-authored the certified training materials supporting the RoboHelp family. In 2005 when Macromedia terminated RoboHelp development (and the RoboHelp development staff) Mr. Hamilton became one of the founders of MadCap Software.

Mr. Hamilton has over twenty years of experience in training, technical communication, multimedia development, and software development at several organizations including Cymer, a leading supplier of laser illumination sources to the semiconductor industry, National Steel & Shipbuilding and the US Navy.

Thanks to MadCap Software for sponsoring this TC Camp 2014 workshop!


Structured Authoring Workshop – TC Camp 2014

As Featured in TC Camp Gazette!Paying it Forward: Experiences and Lessons Learned on the Road to DITA/Topic Based Authoring

The road from traditional book-based authoring to DITA and topic-based authoring is full of potholes.

  • How do you chop up a book into self-contained topics and put it back together into something that makes sense?
  • How do you handle reuse and linking?
  • And how do you wrap your mind around new tools and workflows while still getting your job done?

Three people who have made the trip share their experiences and lessons-learned to help you get to DITA/TBA without taking too many wrong turns.

Time: 8:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Presenters: Tracy Baker (F5), Amy Bowman (VMWare), and Wendy Shaffer (VMWare)

About the Presenters

tracy bakerTracy Baker has worked in technical communication for over 17 years. Five years ago she convinced her boss that XML/DITA and topic-based authoring was the direction her team needed to head, and went about setting up the infrastructure, training, and systems to make that a reality. Along the journey, there have been tears, trials, and tribulations, but the team now publishes all customer-facing technical documentation from topics. It was a proud moment last spring when the team realized they had published a FrameMaker guide for the last time, and had reached the goal of working 100% in XML/DITA.

amy bowmanAmy Bowman is a Technical Communications Manager and an experienced DITA user. As a product documentation lead, Amy is responsible for creating reuse strategies, architectural best practices, and helping writers develop their structured authoring skills.

Wendy ShafferWendy Shaffer is a staff technical writer in the VMware Technical Publications department, and was one of the lead writers in the vSphere Web Client video effort. She also has extensive experience in online Help architecture and strategy, and in authoring content in DITA/XML.

Thanks to DCL for sponsoring this class at TC Camp 2014!

Content Quality Workshop – TC Camp 2014

As Featured in TC Camp Gazette!Creating Better Business Documents

All writing, technical or not, is about creating smart, structured content. This course focuses on what writers of business documents need to do differently to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently while still creating valid XML. We’ll cover how to improve authoring efficiency, publishing efficiency, reusability, and the experience of your information consumers through simple steps you can apply immediately.

Presenter: Doug Gorman (SimplyXML)

Time: 8:45 AM to 10:45 AM

About our presenter

Doug GormanDoug Gorman brings years of relevant information industry experience to Simply XML and its customers. Throughout his career, Doug has found that honesty, hard work, and good communication lead to financial rewards and satisfaction for all who are involved. Simply XML’s philosophy underlies our services offering because it works.

Doug was CEO of Information Mapping, Inc. for more than 20 years.  During that time he transitioned IMI from an academic “Think Tank” to a thriving commercial organization doing business in 40 countries. Information Mapping has been the global leader in the implementation of structured writing. With the more recent acceptance of other structured writing standards like DITA and SPL, Doug understands the opportunities and issues inherent in this evolution.[/gc]

Thanks to SimplyXML for sponsoring this class at TC Camp 2014!