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STORY: Dan the technical writer gets a phone call about SnagIt
Dan's phone rang. It was his sister, asking what he was doing.
"I'm at work - what do you think I'm doing?" the technical writer joked.
"Really, I'm using the new version of SnagIt," he said.
Before she could change the subject, he hurriedly continued, "I use SnagIt
to help me create online help systems, because I use it to get all the
images for popups and other illustrations. Because, when you use SnagIt
with hotspots and popups, you can give the appearance of actually taking a
program through its functions without actually leaving the help system."
"That's great -" she started.
"The way it works," he said, wanting her to share in his enthusiasm, "is I
use SnagIt to do a screen capture in the program I'm writing about. Then
I click on a box in that screen to launch the next function. I screen
grab that function too - then in the help menu program I make a hotspot
over the box you would normally click on, so when you move the cursor over
the box and click, it brings up a popup of that next function."
"Wow, Dan, I'm so glad. So I need -" she managed to say.
"Wait - I was first was impressed by SnagIt's ability to capture the
cursor, but I really love being able to save images in different formats,"
"Dan!" she yelled. "Don't worry! I told you it's not a competition -
you're coming to my class' Career Day, and yes - you can demonstrate how
to use SnagIt."
After getting the details, Dan hung up the phone, ready to prepare his
presentation. "If THIS doesn't get them excited about technical writing,"
Dan thought, "then kids nowadays are even worse off than I thought."
TRAINING: Structured Document Publishing with FrameMaker 7
It is not enough to know how to do structure or how to work in structure.
You must also understand the why of structure and understand what some of
the naming and other conventions should be for working with XML and
It is not just documentation any more and it is not just a Heading1 or
Level1Head. You now have content that must be recognized as data and that
needs to be named and structured accordingly. And the rules go out the
window on text formatting. Instead of having one paragraph format that
looks like that you want it to look, you may have multiple formats that
look the same but are used in different circumstances for XML and have
different naming. Plus, you now have pieces of structure to name and to
set up with appropriate "nesting" for re-use or database import.
Bright Path Solutions provides training for FrameMaker 7 that is above and
beyond the norm. We teach you:
- what structure is
- what the benefits of structure really are
- how to write and edit in structure
- how to build new structure (with or without a DTD)
- what XML is about
- why naming matters in structure and formats
- how XML may be part of an enterprise publishing solution
- what XML round trip really means in FrameMaker 7
Come to our training and we will teach you all about structure and XML ...
including the WHY. Coming dates include:
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BRIGHT PATH SOLUTIONS
-an Adobe Solution Sales Provider
-an Adobe Certified Training Provider
-a WebWorks University site
-an XML services provider since 1998
·Create and maintain end-user documentation, including user
guides, training guides, and online help, for Envision's
·Work with developers, use early versions of the product,
and read functional specifications and other technical
documents to determine product functionality and user tasks.
·Develop effective training materials, including training
guides and CBTs.
·Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
·Proven ability to communicate complex technical subjects to
·Experience with Framemaker, Authorware, RoboHelp.
·Proven success developing both printed documentation and
·Experience in the software or telecommunications industries
·Strong work ethic and desire to work as a member of a team.
·Experience collaborating with software developers.
ANNOUNCE: Localization Management Seminar 22 October Seattle, WA
22 October 2002 SpringHill Suites by Marriot-Seattle, WA
Presenter: Karen Combe
Cost: $895 reduced rates available for more than 1 registration
The format of the seminar includes both lecture and interactive
discussions, including at least one exercise or case study. At the
conclusion of this seminar, participants will be equipped to make
decisions about how to structure localization for their companies and will
have tools to aid them in managing processes. A principle goal is also to
address attendees' individual issues and problems.
Business Models - In-house vs. outsourced resources
Job Descriptions for in-house roles
Vendor selection and qualification
Vendor Management, including business practices and Relationship
Localization Quality Management
Internal Relationship Management
Other seminars being held in Seattle 21-22 October 2002:
XML and Localization with Yves Savourel and
Localization Project Management with Karen Combe
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