SC Chapter of STC Sponsors Minimalism Seminar

Subject: SC Chapter of STC Sponsors Minimalism Seminar
From: "George F. Hayhoe" <gfhayhoe -at- SCESCAPE -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 12:50:56 -0500

JoAnn T. Hackos will present a day-long seminar entitled "Downsizing
Documentation by Creating Minimalist Manuals" on Thursday, January 30,
1997, from 8:00 am till 4:30 PM at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Cost is $75
for STC members and $95 for nonmembers; the fee covers course materials,
breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break. The Sheraton is located at I-20 and
Bush River Road (one exit west of the intersection of I-20 and I-26) in
Columbia, SC.

The minimalist approach to documentation was first described by John M.
Carroll, then of IBM's Watson Research Center and now department head of
the Computer Science Department at Virginia Tech, as a way to reduce the
amount of time users spend reading manuals and encourage them to explore
and learn by doing. Although originally proposed as a technique for
computer documentation, minimalist principles can be applied to many other
forms of technical communication, including most product manuals,
procedures, and training materials. And it is as applicable to online
documentation as to paper manuals, as its recent adoption by Microsoft in
the Help for its products indicates.

JoAnn Hackos is an internationally acclaimed writer and speaker on
technical communication and management topics. She is CEO of Comtech
Services, an information/design firm based in Denver and San Jose, CA,
which she founded in 1978. An associate fellow of STC, JoAnn was president
of the Society in 1992-93. Her book _Managing Your Documentation Projects_
(John Wiley & Sons, 1994) has received high praise for its sensible,
effective, and measurable approach to technical publication project

Space is limited. To register for the seminar, fill out the form below
and send it with a check covering the registration fee (payable to SC
Chapter STC) or credit card information to George Hayhoe BY JANUARY 22. If
you have questions, call George at 803-642-2156 or contact him by e-mail at
gfhayhoe -at- scescape -dot- net -dot-

STC South Carolina Chapter Seminar Registration Form

Mail this form with your check (payable to SC Chapter STC) or credit card
information to

George Hayhoe
194 Aberdeen Drive
Aiken, SC 29803


Check one:

__ STC member; payment of $75 enclosed.

__ Nonmember; payment of $95 enclosed.

__ STC member; charge my credit card.

__ Nonmember; charge my credit card.


__ American Express

__ Mastercard

__ Visa

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Expiration Date:

Seminar date is January 30, 1997. Registration deadline is January 22,

To register more than one person, please make copies of this form.

George Hayhoe Associates
Voice: 803-642-2156
Fax: 803-642-9325

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