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WritersUA West, Silicon Valley, 14-15 April 2016 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)

The WritersUA West Conference in 2016 will be held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California. An aggressive agenda of UA intensity is planned, with two separate sequences of UA-specific learning: for design and writing and for tools and technologies. A dozen expert presenters will share their knowledge in this collegial gathering of software user assistance professionals. The conference runs from 14 to 15 April 2016.

UA Europe 2016 in Budapest, 9-10 June (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)

The premier Euopean conference for user assistance professionals is being held in Budapest, Hungary, from 9 to 10 June 2016. UA Europe is an annual conference for technical communicators, user assistance specialists, information architects, technical authors, software developers, documentation managers that focuses on software user assistance and online Help. It provides a unique update on the latest industry trends, technical developments, and best practice in software user assistance. The venue this year is the 4-star Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget on the secluded Margaret Island on the Danube in the heart of Budapest.

DITA for Documenting Project Requirements (Fri, 12 Feb 2016)

Alex Masycheff has written a series of blog posts entitled "7 Reasons Why DITA Can Be a Great Choice for Documenting Project Requirements". The posts provide some useful insights into the benefits of using DITA for a range of documentation and publishing scenarios.

Traditional Music as Open Source (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)

HyperWrite's Tony Self has proposed a talk for LavaCon Dublin on the similarities between Irish traditional music and open source. You can read the session overview and if you like the idea, like it to vote for its inclusion in the programme. LavaCon Dublin will be held at the Trinity College Conference Center on 5-7 June 2016.

MadWorld 2016 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016)

MadWorld 2016 will be held from 8th to 10th April at the Hilton San Diego Hotel and Spa in southern California. MadWorld is a technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists. Expert practitioners from around the globe representing a variety of disciplines and industries help make this conference a great chance to expand your network and learn from the best.

Author-it Converter for MadCap Flare (Fri, 09 Oct 2015)

MadCap Software has released an XML conversion utility tool that will use the published XML output from Author-it and convert it to a MadCap Flare project while maintaining all project and source files. The utility converts the table of contents of Author-it books into Flare topics. Embedded topics become Flare snippets, while variables, styles, glossary, context IDs and index keywords are maintained through the conversion process.

XMetaL Version 10 Released (Mon, 09 Mar 2015)

The latest version of the XMetal Author Enterprise DITA authoring tool from JustSystems has been released. Version 10 includes preliminary support for DITA 1.3, bi-directional language support, ISO Schematron support, single-key capitalisation changes on selected text, automatic DITA reuse refactoring against a ditamap, integration with DITA Open Toolkit 2.0, and a number of other updates.

WritersUA West Conference, Seattle, 15-17 April 2015 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015)

The WritersUA West Conference in 2015 will be a boot camp for newbies, and a grad school for pros. For people new to user assistance, the agenda offers a ten-session curriculum designed to launch a career supporting today's software. For experienced UA professionals, the conference provides a skills upgrade through advanced topics such as mobile UA, video capture and editing, understanding APIs, taxonomy development, and search engine optimisation. The conference runs from 15th to 17th April 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, USA.

<oXygen/> Training Course - UK (Tue, 17 Feb 2015)

A brand new <oXygen/> training course is about to be launched by Mekon in the UK. The three day course gives experienced and novice DITA authors everything they need to work with the oXygen Author XML authoring tool. The course was developed by HyperWrite's Tony Self. The course features case studies, worked examples and practical exercises, using a comprehensive exemplar project, and also provides the opportunity to network and learn from other course participants. The first course will be run from 11-13 March at Mekon's offices in Sutton, Surrey.

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