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* ANNOUNCE: XML/SGML-Related Frame Training, Hawaii, October 2002 (NEW)
* STORY: Can SnagIt help you get hired? (NEW)
* ANNOUNCE: Learn structured Frame 7--in class or on your own (NEW)
* ANNOUNCE: Online-learning.com Announces new Info Design Courses
* STORY: Dan the technical writer gets a phone call about SnagIt
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ANNOUNCE: XML/SGML-Related Frame Training, Hawaii, October 2002
Bright Path Solutions, a provider of FrameMaker training, been approached
by a company in Hawaii that is seeking XML/SGML-related FrameMaker
training. This company has a small group to train and they are interested
in sharing costs with other students or another company. If you are
interested in attending a Structured FrameMaker 7 Boot Camp in Hawaii --
October 28-November 1, 2002 -- then please read the following information.
Class will be held on the island of Oahu. The nearest hotel is the
Honolulu Airport hotel, with a reasonable rate of about $80/day. (The
"action" is about 6 miles away for those of you who plan to check out Oahu
in the evenings.) The nearest airport is Honolulu International Airport
(HNL) and flights from some US cities are around $600 (via SideStep).
We will be offering special pricing and the final price will be determined
by how many students sign up. If you are seriously interested in
please fill out our registration form ( http://www.travelthepath.com/pdf/regform.pdf ) and fax it to our offices.
In the payment area write "tentative" so that no billing or invoice is
generated. Receiving the registration form will allow us to determine
realist attendance and set the price accurately. The normal rate for this
5-day Boot Camp is $1,800 but the actual rate is expected to be less.
Class participants receive about 1,100 pages of materials and an XML book,
plus have access to 4 months of hotline support. Pricing does not include
student hotel/flight/expenses. The materials will include data for users
of FrameMaker+SGML and Structured FrameMaker 7.
If you'd like to know more about Bright Path Solutions, or wish to speak
with some of our clients to confirm our expertise, please contact me
FrameMaker/Structured FrameMaker Consultant & Trainer
WebWorks University Trainer
co-Author, XML WEEKEND CRASH COURSE
Bright Path Solutions
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The hiring committee convened to reevaluate the resumes of the technical
writers they'd already interviewed.
Cindy began, "I really liked Hal, but it seems that Maureen has a little
"Maureen and Hal are great," her coworker Betsy agreed, "but do you
remember? Tracy uses SnagIt."
She answered the questioning glances of her colleagues, "Tracy using
SnagIt tells us a lot about her personality and approach to working - they
seem to mirror each other.
"For example, SnagIt is simple to use, yet extremely powerful. Not only
does it let you quickly capture the exact area of the screen you want, but
it has many, many additional features - such as letting you capture
dropdown menus, allowing you to capture the cursor or not, letting you
highlight the cursor, and offering AutoScroll, which lets you capture the
entire Web page as one single image."
A few coworkers nodded. Betsy pressed on.
"So don't you see? Tracy is probably easy to work with. She's also most
likely multi-talented - and since SnagIt is constantly being upgraded, she
probably continually hones her technical writing skills as well," Betsy
She saw a few enthusiastic nods and knew she'd made her point. They
agreed to bring Tracy in for a second interview.
Jeremy cleared his throat and proposed, "Um, if we're using software to
evaluate people's working personalities, I think there are some people on
this list that we should definitely avoid . . . if not outright fear."
ANNOUNCE: Learn structured FrameMaker 7--in the classroom or on your own
Puzzled by FrameMaker 7? Curious about structure?
Scriptorium Publishing can show you how to author in a structured
environment, create structured templates, and set up XML import/export. We
offer scheduled classroom training on structured/unstructured FrameMaker.
If you can't attend classroom training, learn on your own with a
workbook ($119) and FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference ($41.99).
Workbooks provide practical hands-on exercises; the CD contains the
required files and animated screen shots with voice-overs.
The following workbooks are now available:
* Structured FrameMaker 7: Introduction to Authoring
* Advanced Structured FrameMaker 7: Building EDDs Workbook
* Unstructured FrameMaker 7: Accelerated Introduction
* Advanced Unstructured FrameMaker 7: Template Design Workbook
Training info: scriptorium.com/training/frame7train.html
Workbook info: scriptorium.com/books/frametrainingseries.html
Register for training/buy books: scriptorium.com/ic-bin/scriptorium
ANNOUNCE: Online-learning.com Announces new Info Design courses
The courses provide students with the unique ability to
receive training in multiple core Information Design
skills. Courses are offered in the areas of graphic
design, technical writing, single-source documentation,
screen layout, human-computer interaction design and
web-based training design. All courses are certified by
Carleton University's Sprott School of Business.
The courses cost between $249 and $499 US and take between
four and twelve weeks to complete. They are taught by
industry experts using a proven mentored-learning model.
The model has helped OLL achieve student completion rates
of over 80%. The model combines the mentoring power of
traditional classroom training with the communications
convenience of the Internet.
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:
Our complete corporate information is on our Web site -- http://www.travelthepath.com . If you have specific questions or would
like to discuss our publishing solutions, call 919.656.2653 or mailto:info -at- travelthepath -dot- com .
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-an Adobe Solution Sales Provider
-an Adobe Certified Training Provider
-a WebWorks University site
-an XML services provider since 1998
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