STC Annual Conference schedule

Subject: STC Annual Conference schedule
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 08:30:39 -0400

Do I remember correctly that a few folks were complaining about the
inability to see the entire conference schedule at a glance? If so,
there's a solution. First, visit the session search page:
To see what is going on each day, simply select the day in question
and leave the default value beside it as "All". Don't type any keywords.

Simple interface design problem: it's not obvious this would provide
access to the whole program "at a glance" because most people will
see the keyword field and assume they need to type something; this is
labeled a "search" function, after all, and most of us (quite
logically) assume that searches find only subsets of the total
information. Few people will make the connection that you can search
for the whole day's events, even though the default choice says "All".

I've mentioned this problem to STC, so hopefully they'll fix it for
next year. Before we get started on the inevitable "shouldn't a group
of professional communicators have a superb Web site?" slagging of
STC, I'll insert a note that there's a largeish committee working to
improve the site. Yes, the site has many flaws. Yes, STC is working
on them. It'll get better.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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