Vol 45, Issue 1

September/October 2005


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STC Houston - Dateline Houston - September/October 2005

Upcoming Seminars

Event: Dreamweaver MX 2004: Parts 1 and 2

Date and time
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 (Part 1), 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 (Part 2), 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Fee
Members (USD$): $99 (per part)
Non-Members (USD$): $149 (per part)
Seminar Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Seminar Type: Web-Telephone

Description
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the most popular Web development tool in the world, yet most users have only scratched the surface of its functions. Through live demonstrations and examples, this two-part seminar helps bring Dreamweaver users to the next level of Web authoring. Users will understand both the "how to" and "why" of a number of Dreamweaver functions, occasionally taking a peek at the underlying HTML. Because of the complexity of topics covered, this seminar is split into two 90-minute sessions. It is not necessary to take both parts of this seminar.

Part 1 Overview
In Part 1 of this two-part seminar, participants will cover the fundamentals of Dreamweaver, learning how to:

  • Understand the basics of Dreamweaver MX
  • Create external Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Create and manage repeatable content: libraries and templates
  • Create framesets and define content

Part 2 Overview
Part 2 walks participants through Dreamweaver MX's advanced features. Participants will build on the knowledge gained in Part 1 to master Dreamweaver's advanced features, learning how to:

  • Understand and apply Dreamweaver behaviors
  • Use the Macromedia Exchange
  • Use the Macromedia Extension Manager
  • Use popular extensions

Panelist Info
Mike Doyle has a combined 22 years' experience in technical publications as a manager, writer, and teacher at a Fortune 100 computer company and at a technical publications consulting firm. For 15 years, he served as the senior instructor in the technical communications certificate program at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Since 1995, Mike has taught courses and presented sessions at professional conferences on HTML and Web tools and technologies.

Mike is a Macromedia certified Dreamweaver MX developer and instructor, and has published Dreamweaver MX e-Learning Toolkit (2003) and Maximum Dreamweaver (2004), both through Wiley Publishing. Because his unique "start from scratch" approach to examples and demonstrations makes complex concepts easily understandable, Mike consistently ranks as a top presenter and instructor.

Event: Project Planning and Quality Checks: Parts 1 and 2

Date and time
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 (Part 1), 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 (Part 2), 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Fee
Members (USD$): 99 (per part)
Non-Members (USD$): $149 (per part)
Seminar Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Seminar Type: Web-Telephone

Description
Why is technical documentation an "afterthought" in the minds of some of your co-workers? Why do some of them secretly perceive producing documentation as a "necessary nuisance" in the product development cycle? Solid, well-considered project and documentation plans can help you alter counterproductive viewpoints and get co-workers on the same page-literally-by showing them how technical documentation is one of many product components. In Part 1 of this two-part seminar, John will present general project planning and user analysis techniques before delving into detailed documentation planning practices. He will wrap up these planning strategies in Part 2 before discussing quality criteria and techniques for faultless quality checks. Because Part 2 continues the discussion held in Part 1, students should plan to attend both parts of the seminar.

Think of your document as a round of golf. Now think of each help desk call your document produces as a golf stroke. This two-part seminar will help improve your "handicap."

Panelist Info
John Wilson coaches students, directs startups, and advises multinational corporations. From 1992 to 2001, John was managing director of his own technical communication and training consulting company in England. As a guest lecturer at Oxford University for three years, he taught technical communication seminars and helped develop similar courses for the university. Recently, John created an online help system that contributed to MIB Group's win of the 2005 IBM Share Award for Excellence in Technology.

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