Book Review – Clear and to the Point

by Noel Atzmiller, Manager, Technical Publications, Baker HughesClear and to the Point by Stephen M. KosslynOxford University Press 2007Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint presentation that was difficult to understand? Was the information on the slides confusing or obscure? Did you struggle to determine the most important point displayed?If you had these experiences, it might be … Continue reading Book Review – Clear and to the Point

April Program Events Reviews

By Cindy Pao, President, STC HoustonThe chapter had two program activities in April, so I’m going to share my thoughts about them here.April 12 WorkshopJoe Welinske presented two, 90 minute topics during the Saturday workshop:Multi-screen Content AuthoringIntroduction to Mobile User AssistanceIn the first session, Efficient and Graceful Multi-Channel Content Authoring and Publishing, Joe talked about … Continue reading April Program Events Reviews

Photographs in Documentation

By Cindy Pao, PresidentIn January, I wrote a column about working with policies and procedures. Another of my job responsibilities is editing and releasing Safety Alerts and Flashes for the Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) department.Safety Alerts and Flashes are one- or two-page documents that HSE releases shortly after an incident or audit. These documents … Continue reading Photographs in Documentation

April Program Meeting: Plain English Rules Workshop

Join us for a very special program meeting in April! Speakers Natalia Matveeva and Michelle Moosally will tell us more about the Center for Plain English Research and Study (CPERS) at UHD. This workshop will introduce STC members to current plain language (PL) regulations and their implications for workplace communication. We will also share some … Continue reading April Program Meeting: Plain English Rules Workshop

April Workshop: Multi-Screen Authoring and User Assistance

Join us for a joint event with the Houston Usability Professional Association (UXPA) group. During this workshop, Joe Welinske will introduce the concept of responsive design, multiscreen authoring, and user assistance for technical communicators. It will include demonstrations of how to craft your content to support varying screen dimensions and user interaction types like touch … Continue reading April Workshop: Multi-Screen Authoring and User Assistance

January Program: Using Graphics in Real-World Tech Comm

Join us at our first program meeting of 2014! Sean Brierley will discuss using graphics within technical communication. This presentation discusses screen captures, photographs, Web images, illustrations, and logos. Attendees learn which formats are better for specific types of deliverables. Topics include rasters, vectors, RGB and CMYK, resolution, and popular software. Attendees will come away … Continue reading January Program: Using Graphics in Real-World Tech Comm