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New Location for STC TC Meetings

Beginning in September, our chapter meetings for 2015-16 are moving to a new location at Joule Microbusiness Network in Minneapolis, which offers the following features:
  • A central location at 35W & Washington Ave. South
  • Free evening parking in the building lot for our meeting attendees
  • A secure and modern building with an appealing ambience
  • Up-to-date technologies, including a 55-inch TV for presentations
  • Several meeting spaces, depending on our needs
  • A variety of local restaurants from which we can order our meal
  • Coffee for $.25 and soda for $1.00
To learn more about Joule:
For directions:


September's STC TC Meeting

Tuesday, September 8
th, 2015
Meal and networking 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Webinar Program 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Joule Microbusiness Network

Usability Testing for Print Documentation with Joe Welinske, WritersUA

In this webinar style program, Joe will discuss the usability testing he led for several printed publications for ACT, who develops and administers the test taken by hundreds of thousands of high school students. The project resulted in significant changes in the documentation design. Joe will also analyze various methods and skills that can be used to test print documentation.

More information:

October's STC TC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Meal and networking 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Speaker's Presentation 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Joule Microbusiness Network

What to Do after PDFs – Stalling in DITA with Peggy Sanchez

If you have implemented a Component Content Management System (CCMS) and are still delivering PDFs, this presentation is for you. Many DITA shops are not using DITA past the PDF stage. This presentation is a case study of Cray, Inc. moving from static PDF content to dynamic web content leveraging our CCMS and DITA.

Closer to the event, look for the registration link on

Out and About

WritersUA Central – October 20-21 – Chicago

Whether you are supporting consumer software, enterprise or government systems, or mobile apps, the WritersUA event is a great opportunity to learn and network with your peers. Two days of educational sessions, networking, and socializing. All the event details are on the conference web site. Registration is open.

User Assistance Tools Survey in Progress
The annual User Assistance Tools Survey is now in progress.
The survey is designed to give you information drawn specifically from the user assistance community. Please consider contributing your experiences. Results will be publicly available on the WritersUA site.

ConveyUX – February 9-11, 2016 – Seattle
If you are interested in bridging technical communication with the field of user experience, ConveyUX is a great opportunity. This annual Seattle event features 3 days, 30 speakers, and over 40 great sessions about usability testing, interaction design, and content strategy.
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