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Come to TRIDOC 2002 to network, share ideas, and learn
2002, Q1 (July 05, 2007)
by Jill Fitzgibbons, Carolina Chapter Promotions Committee Chair

Planning is now in full swing for TRIDOC 2002, the Triangle Conference on Documentation. The two-day conference, scheduled for April 26-27, 2002, at the Holiday Inn RDU in Research Triangle Park, will provide a great opportunity for area technical writers to network, share their ideas, and learn something new.

The topic of this year's conference is "Experiences in a Knowledge Economy." As the global economy grows and knowledge replaces material goods as the currency of business, the role of the technical communicator becomes more critical to business success. The STC Carolina Chapter invites you to share in your fellow professionals' experiences at our upcoming chapter conference.

We are very fortunate to have Mark Hanigan, Immediate Past President of the STC, as the keynote speaker. Mark will give an overview of tech writing in the past, present, and future, with special emphasis on the current situation and how to weather it. Mark is a dynamic, entertaining speaker and this session will be a highlight of the whole conference. For more from Mark, see his open letter to technical communicators on page 3.

The conference is organized into six tracks that highlight aspects of technical communication: Indexing, Framemaker, Technical Editing, Online, and Management, as well as a General track.

The following are just a few of the speakers presenting:
  • As part of the Online track, Neil Perlin will present "Small Steps to Single Sourcing." Neil has 23 years of experience in technical documentation, with 17 years in training, consulting, and development for various types of online documentation. Neil runs the "Beyond the Bleeding Edge" sub-stem for the STC annual conference, and is a popular speaker for many professional groups.
  • Another presenter in the Online category, Char James-Tanny will provide a Help Authoring Tools Comparison. Char is the author of SAMS Teach Yourself RoboHELP 2000 for HTML Help in 24 Hours and The WebHelp Resource Guide. Char provides consulting and development for Help and Web sites, delivers training on Help tools, and speaks frequently at Help conferences.
  • From the Indexing track, Seth Maislin will present "Indexing without Page Numbers." Seth is an elected director of the American Society of Indexers and participates in many of its technology subgroups. His larger projects includes indexing America Online, building content directories for Lycos.com and its partners, cataloguing clip art for Mattel, and indexing Microsoft's Windows 2000, Windows XP, and MSN.com Web sites.

Besides speakers, various vendors of software authoring tools and professional services will be available to meet with attendees and discuss their products.

This conference will provide an excellent opportunity for local technical communicators to network with other professionals and distinguished guests. For writers "on sabbatical," the conference can provide good networking opportunities and job leads, so be sure to bring along your rsum.

For more information on TRIDOC 2002, visit the conference Web site: http://www.stc-carolina.org/conference/index.shtml. End of article.

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