May 012016
Updated: May 5, 2016

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This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series 2015-16 Program Chronicles

Icon of curved line progressively simplified into a straight lineTo quote engineer Leonardo De Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This statement can apply to the clarity of technical documentation. Advances in electronic publishing, global internet, social media, and artificial intelligence now offer companies an easy method to simplify and distribute complex technical information to global readers.

Join us on May 11th to hear John Smart, President of Smart Communications, share his global vision for the use of Controlled English (CE) and Simplified Technical English (STE) as a worldwide language. This is a great opportunity to hear from an expert who can explain Simplified Technical English and debunk the myths.

John is a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, which his firm has applied to the simplification of Airbus A380 technical manuals. His company teaches technical writers how to write in a controlled language called ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English. The use of STE is mandated by 845 airlines, the US Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense, NATO, Global Maritime in Norway, and railroads. A derivative language called Controlled English is now used for medical devices, law enforcement, and customer support.

Program Details

Note the change of date and venue: The program is Wednesday, May 11, 2016, starting at 6:30 pm, at the Waltham Public Library Lecture Hall, 735 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Please park in the lot behind the library, or use street parking on adjoining streets.

Registration Information

The following ticket prices (USD) include the presentation:

  • Webinar only: $10

Register here for either the in-person program or the webinar:

  • The in-person program is free, but space is limited, so please register early to save your seat. No dinner will be served, but light finger foods will be available.
  • The webinar price is $10, and will run approximately 7–8:30 pm.

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

About Our Speaker

Headshot of John SmartJohn Smart

John Smart has 25 years of experience in technical writing, printing, and publishing at companies in many industries. He is a member of PLAIN, an advocate group that “helps” government agencies to comply with the Plain Language Act of 2011 and Plain English mandates. John has worked and lived in many countries and understands their cultures. He hails from down under, graduated from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and won a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

His presentation style is entertaining and engaging with some dinkum Aussie humor.

 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.

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