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As former members of the group that brought you RoboHelp, the MadCap team extends Help authoring technology into a new era by providing you with a more powerful, flexible, authoring solution. MadCap(R) Flare(TM) is a revolutionary new XML-based authoring tool that promises to be the new industry standard in Help authoring. Flare empowers technical writers, Help authors, and other documentation professionals to harness the power and benefits of XML without requiring any knowledge of the XML language or XML programming.
MadCap Flare features a unique patent-pending visual editor that allows you to write content just like you would in Microsoft(R) Word(TM). Flare maintains content in pure XML for the ultimate in single-sourcing flexibility, allowing you to easily reuse and repurpose your content to virtually any format, standard, device, or operating system.
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Flare lets writers focus on creating content and keep pace with the industry evolution to XML without having to learn any programming.
Technical Editing (X437) is a required course for the Certificate in Technical Communication. The course includes 30 hours of instruction, assignments in a range of disciplines, case studies, and a comprehensive final exam. Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing serves as the primary text, with additional work drawn from Edward Tufte's Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative and Joseph Williams's Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Students receive a course reader of 30 articles selected for their discussions of current issues in the field.
Dates: Thursdays, July 6 to September 7
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.
Place: UC Berkeley Extension Center
1995 University Avenue (at Milvia)
Students may enroll by telephone at 510.642.4111, online at http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/enroll, by fax at 510.642.0374, or by mail to Department B, UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Avenue #7020, Berkeley, CA 94720-7020.
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ANNOUNCE: Hosted XML Content Management -- Is it Right For You?
(Sponsored by DocZone.com)
Technical documentation and training departments have long recognized the value of migrating content to XML to attain the benefits of content reuse, streamlined localization, and single-source publishing. But, most organizations have never been able to justify the high cost and long implementation cycles required to install an in-house XML content management solution.
However, a new alternative has emerged -- the hosted XML content management environment. According to a new white paper from leading research firm InfoTrends, over 40% of their survey respondents would either "prefer" or "definitely consider" a hosted solution.
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