Session Summary: Cascading Style Sheets—Current Techniques and the Promise of CSS3

Mike Hamilton, VP of product management for MadCap Software and member of the Orange County Chapter of the STC, really got specific at his WritersUA session on CSS3. Hamilton believes most technical communications teams do not CSS2 to its fullest potential. So he focused on providing practical and applicable tips for CSS2 and CSS3 as it makes its way to adoption as a standard. Although Hamilton described CSS techniques using Flare, his tips are applicable regardless of the program used. He reminded participants that the DIV element "is our friend;" that the key to layouts is using the attributes Float, Position and Overflow; and that while CSS3 holds promise, the promise comes with caveats. Continue reading ...

Writing for Global Readiness: What Technical Writers Need to Know

More companies are translating more content into more languages. Sadly, translating content into multiple languages still costs too much and takes too long. It’s not that the translators or the translation companies are at fault. They are doing the best they can with the source English that they receive. The problem lies in the quality of the source content. There are many things that technical writers, editors, artists, and production editors can do to make English source content easier to translate. And easier content means that the quality of the translation will be higher, the cost will be lower, and the speed will be faster. The perfect trifecta! And for an added bonus, the English version will be easier to understand, too. Continue reading ...

LavaCon Session Summary: Peter Lubbers on HTML5

Just when you thought you had the publishing thing all figured out, someone goes and changes everything on you. HTML5 is one such change. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good thing. Just ask Peter Lubbers of Kaazing. His session on HTML5 proves how very much of a good thing this change is for technical communications. Continue reading ...