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Subject:Call for Papers-IPCC 97 From:"Deloach, Scott" <sdeloach -at- RPSPO2 -dot- ATLANTAGA -dot- NCR -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 13 Jan 1997 16:15:00 EST
Attached is the Call for Papers for IPCC 97. If you have any questions
about the conference, feel free to e-mail me at
scott -dot- deloach -at- atlantaga -dot- ncr -dot- com
CROSSROADS IN COMMUNICATION
October 22-24, 1997
Salt Lake City Utah at Snowbird Resort
***** A Special Invitation *****
The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) invites you to submit
proposals for papers or panels to be presented at the 1997 International
Professional Communication Conference (IPCC). You can contribute by
preparing a presentation on one of the suggested topics or another that
NEW TECHNOLOGY (the tools that we use)
* HTML, VRML, Java, and other Internet tools
* Multimedia development
* Windows 95 online help, cue cards, wizards, and tutorials
* Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS)
COMMUNICATING (the skills we need)
* Multicultural and international communication
* Minimalist documentation and training
* Modular and reusable documentation
* Collaboration between technical communicators and engineers
* Decision making in virtual organizations
DESIGNING (accommodating technology to the user)
* Web-page and web-site design
* Instructional design
* Visual design
* User-interface design
* Product and documentation usability testing
RESEARCH & METHODOLOGY (the knowledge that supports us)
* What are the trends in technology?
* How are organizations integrating new technologies?
* How are organizations combining online presentation methods, such as
online text, web-based text, online help?
* How has the role of the technical communicator changed through the
* What skills beyond an English or communication degree does the
technical communicator need?
***** About the theme *****
This year IEEE's PCS and ACM's SIGDOC are hosting a linked conference
with a shared theme of "Crossroads in Communication." We are at the
crossroads in many ways:
* Downsizing is causing many people to leave full-time jobs for a life of
* Online documentation is slowly challenging print as the dominant
* The increasing popularity of the Internet is encouraging
* Tighter product and documentation integration is enabling many
technical communicators to participate in usability testing and interface
* Changing job roles are leading many engineers to produce more
Meet with us in Salt Lake City at Snowbird to talk about these crossroads
(and others) that we all face as technical communicators.
***** What you need to do *****
All you need to do now is submit a 300 to 500-word proposal describing
your topic, objective, and presentation format:
PAPER - A report of research results or pertinent experience by one or
more authors to be published in the "Conference Record"
PANEL- A series of complementary presentations by three or four speakers
followed by an extensive question-and-answer session
Include with the proposal a short bio-sketch of each participant (up to
100 words each). You'll learn by April 1997 whether your proposal has
been accepted and what to do next. Proposals submitted to BOTH SIGDOC 97
and IPCC 97 will not be accepted. Proposals are due by February 14,
***** Send your proposals to *****
Rob Houser and Scott Deloach, Program Chairs
1809 Montrose Pkwy.
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: 770-623-7241 (voice); 770-813-3963 (fax)
E-mail: rob -dot- houser -at- pobox -dot- com