Apr 062016
This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series 2015-16 Program Chronicles
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Have you been asked to bring a slew of legacy documents up to par, or merge another organization’s documents with yours, or help a fellow tech writer do a better job? If so, you need to learn the best possible ways to minimize the frustration and tedium of these tasks, and maximize the enjoyment! 

Join us on April 20th to find out if enjoyment is indeed to be found, and to learn about useful tools and techniques to make such document rescue missions as efficient as possible. Our own Nancy Allison will cover many tried-and-true techniques for fixing awful documentation in a minimal amount of time. She will cover this process:

  1. Convert Word documents to FrameMaker
  2. Decide if the files are worth the effort of converting; maybe cut-and-paste will suffice
  3. Assess the content: Identify what’s worth saving
  4. Fix mechanical problems with the FrameMaker template
  5. Clean out template sludge

Program Details

The program is Wednesday, April 20, 2016, starting at 6 pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Road, Burlington, Massachusetts.

Registration Information

The following ticket prices (USD) include networking, dinner, and then the presentation:

  • STC New England Chapter members: $25
  • Non-members: $35
  • Not currently employed professionals: $20
  • STC student members: $15

Register here for the dinner program. Dinner registration closes at 6 pm on Monday, April 18.

Register here to attend via webinar (approximately 7–8:30 pm). The webinar price is $15.

If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to email the administrator.

About Our Speaker

Nancy Allison

Nancy Allison has been technical writing in and around the Boston area for more than 30 years.  During that time, she has written, edited, chunked, hyperlinked, transformed, converted, modularized, optimized, and generally realized the full potential of every bit of technical information she has been asked to convey to a user audience. She has a particular fondness for wading into a documentation catastrophe and restoring order. Nancy has been President of the New England Chapter of STC for two years.

 About the New England Chapter of STC

The New England Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The New England Chapter serves technical communications professionals in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapter sponsors monthly programs, informal social events, and InterChange, an annual regional professional conference.

STC New England was formed in 2011 when the Boston Chapter and the Northern New England Chapter merged to form the New England chapter. The Boston Chapter, incorporated in 1953, and the Association of Technical Writers and Editors in New York City were founding chapters of the STC.

For more information, visit stcnewengland.org.

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