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October 19-22, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah at Snowbird
An Invitation To Participate
ACM's Special Interest Group on Documentation (SIGDOC)
invites you to submit proposals for papers, panels, posters
and demonstrations, and tutorials to be presented at the 1997
SIGDOC Conference. SIGDOC 97 provides a forum for individuals
with varied backgrounds and interests to explore issues
related to documentation and to meet with other senior
communication professionals. We encourage proposals on the
following suggested topics:
Learning from the Past
* Fundamentals of good writing and editing
* Support for computer systems
* Online vs. print media
* Ethics in technical communication
* Management of documentation teams
Building on the Present
the work we do
* Online documentation solutions
* Web-page and web-site design
* WWW publishing
* Documentation for international audiences User-interface
* Usability testing
* Quality issues documentation
* Visual communication and graphics
Preparing for the Future
new directions and challenges
* Job and role of information designers
* Education and certification programs
* Academic and corporate partnering
* New developments in technology
* Telecommuting, virtual offices, and unique work situations
* Theories of communication, documentation, and user support
The Conference Theme
This year ACM marks its 50th anniversary and SIGDOC holds its
15th conference. Such occasions provide an opportunity to
reflect upon the past and present and look towards the
future. In a linked conference with IEEE's Professional
Communication Society, the conferences' shared theme,
"Crossroads in Communication," suggests that technical
communicators and documentation specialists currently face
many important junctures:
* How do we define ourselves?
* What skills remain essential despite new tools, techniques,
and delivery mechanisms?
* How do the current problems we face resemble those of the
* How do we leverage new technologies and changing work
* What is our future and how do we prepare for it?
Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Snowbird Conference
Center and Resort to explore these crossroads and others.
What You Submit a 300- to 500-word proposal describing your topic,
Need To Do objective, and presentation format:
* Paper a report on research or practical results.
* Panel a group of three or four speakers who discuss and
debate pressing issues.
* Poster or demonstration a demonstration of current
software or multimedia you have or are designing.
* Tutorial half- or full-day workshops (hands-on)
exploring issues related to documentation and the
conference theme. If your tutorial is accepted, you will
receive $250 (half-day) or $500 (full- day), plus travel
and one night's lodging.
Include a short biography with your proposal. Proposals
submitted both to SIGDOC '97 and IPCC '97 will not be
Proposal deadline: February 14, 1997
Acceptance notification: April 1997
Send Your Matthew Whiting, Program Chair
Proposals To c/o Corel, Inc
567 E Timpanogos Pkwy
Orem, UT 84097
Phone: (801)765-4010, ext. 7263
Fax: (801) 765-4101
E-mail: mattw -at- corel -dot- com
Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher Voice: 919.515.4105
Technical Communication Fax: 919.515.6071
NC State University E-mail: brad_m -at- unity -dot- ncsu -dot- edu
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105 <http://www4.ncsu.edu/~brad_m/web/>
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