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STC election update: Q&A and audio podcasts
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STC invited all candidates in the 2013 election to participate in an audio podcast interview with a few brief introductory questions and a short discussion about their thoughts on the position, technical communication, and STC. The links are available on each candidate's page; if they participated, you'll see a box labeled "Podcast" on the right side (under the photo), with a link to listen. So far there are podcasts available for Kit Brown-Hoekstra (running for Vice President), Jane Wilson (running for Treasurer), and Ben Woelk (running for Director). Interviews with other candidates will be posted as conducted. STC members are also welcome to ask questions of the candidates, with an online Candidate Forum added this year. Post your questions directly to the forum and the candidates for that position will be invited to answer you. Read the questions posed so far and the candidates' answers as well. More



JQuery Mobile 1.3 for responsive Web design
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The jQuery Mobile team has announced the first release candidate for 1.3.0. It features a new panel widget, dual handle range sliders, and two different responsive table modes. jQuery Mobile conforms to the idea of responsive Web design in that it has been designed to work on all devices and platforms. The focus in jQuery Mobile 1.3 is on educating its community on RWD and with this in mind it has responsive documentation and demos that explain key RWD concepts as well as new widgets like responsive tables, panels and grids. More

Has your STC membership expired?
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If you haven't renewed your STC membership yet, your membership has expired! All memberships ended on 31 December, with a grace period until 15 January. That date has now passed, however, so if you haven't renewed your membership yet then your access to publications, members-only discounts, free archived seminars, and more is gone. Renew today and regain your access! Members must renew by 28 February in order to be eligible to vote in the 2013 STC election. More

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Introducing the new HTML5 <main> element
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When was the last time we received a new element? HTML5 introduced just nine new structural tags and they've been stable for several years: section, article, aside, hgroup, header, footer, nav, figure, and figcaption. There are another 20 or so content elements including video, audio, canvas, progress, etc. Today, we have a new structural element to learn: <main>. More

Upcoming STC live Web seminars
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STC has five webinars scheduled between now and the end of the month, including one that's free for STC members! On Tuesday, 19 February, Ellis Pratt presents Planning User Documentation When You Are a Startup Business, followed by Career Success in 12 Easy Steps — Build on Your Successes with Judith Shenouda on Wednesday, 20 February. The Ken Cook Company sponsors a webinar that's free to all STC members on Monday, 25 February, Mobile Apps in Technical Communication. Later in the week Leah Guren presents on Usability Hazards (Tuesday, 26 February) and Ruth E. Thaler-Carter gives the Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Thursday, 28 February). More webinars will be scheduled soon, keep checking the main webinar page for more. More

Zend adds mobile, problem-resolution features to PHP stack
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Zend Technologies is expected to announce the general availability of its latest PHP stack, including Zend Server version 6 and Zend Studio 10. The development tool gains new mobile tooling, specifically the inclusion of the PhoneGap mobile app framework. The Zend Server runtime, meanwhile, brings new features to help programmers and operators work together more efficiently to track down problems in production PHP apps. The IBM i version of Zend Server, when it ships, will have a new edition as well. More



Early Bird rate now in effect for 2013 STC Summit
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The deadline has passed for the best savings, but you can still register for the STC Summit and save. The 2013 Summit takes place from 5-8 May in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the place to be for technical communicators as STC celebrates its 60th year! Early Bird pricing of $950 for members ($1,225 for nonmembers) is in effect through 15 March; that's still $100 less than the regular Advance rate. The year 2013 is STC's diamond anniversary, and the Summit will be a great way to celebrate. Join keynote speaker David Pogue and your colleagues from around the world for education, networking, and a celebration of all things tech comm. Make sure you're at the best tech comm event of 2013 at the best rate possible! More

How to edit source files directly in Chrome
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The days of using separate applications for development and browsing are coming to an end. It's possible to edit source files directly within Chrome and save the result to a local file. Even better — changes can be applied immediately without refreshing the browser. This technique should work in recent versions of Chrome although, currently, it's only possible to edit and save JavaScript files. HTML and CSS are almost certain to be supported eventually, though. More

Consultant's Corner returns to STC Summit!
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STC is once again offering exhibit space for consultants at the Summit in Atlanta. A space at STC Consultant's Corner gives you the opportunity to market directly to your target audience and build valuable professional relationships with leading technical communicators. STC Consultant's Corner provides an inexpensive way to participate in a large show while still being extremely beneficial in reaching your new prospects and current customers. The cost is $100 for STC members or $225 for nonmembers. Space is limited and is first-come, first served. You can check out the Consultant's Corner section of the Summit website for all the details and the contract. More

Principles of good Web design
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WordPress and Joomla can take much of the hard work out of creating a website, but whether you're using a content management system, a more basic template or building your site from scratch, you need to understand the basics of design if you want to make a good impression. Good Web design doesn't come easy, but these basic rules and some experimentation can work wonders. More

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How to create user-centric product pages
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Product pages have become more and more overwhelming. Merchants have begun to worry heavily about search engines, forgetting that robots don't have money to spend. It's users that are buying the product. One factor that will kill any good user design (or redesign) is page speed. Studies show that after three seconds, your site will lose the buyers impulse. Using Google's free PageSpeed tool, you can test your page load time and get key recommendations for increasing your user experience. More

Responsive Web design: Custom grid layouts
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The use of grid layouts, a widespread and popular design practice. While grid systems have seen significant use in printed media, interest from Web and mobile developers has been a very recent development. A grid is a two-dimensional structure made up of intersecting vertical and horizontal divisions used to structure content. Grids serve as the framework on which a designer can organize text and images into a rational, easy-to-absorb interface. A well-built and properly-implemented grid system increases scalability and improves the readability of the content on a website or within a mobile application. More

Technical editors: Arbiters of quality
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As technical editors, we love words. We love making sure that each word communicates clearly. If you hear that someone is an editor, you immediately think of grammar and syntax and word usage. But, as technical editors, the time has come for us to let go of a singular focus on the words. As technical editors we must edit so much more than just the words. More

Report: 45 percent of companies aren't conducting UX testing
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It seems a lot of companies are happy to work on hunches and best guesses when it comes to user experience, with 45 percent not conducting any UX testing at the moment. However, of these companies, the majority have begun to see the light, with 73 percent planning to start testing in the next 12 months. More

18 handy graphic design apps for Android owners
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Graphic designers have all types of skills and styles, and where their approaches may differ, so might their equipment. The iPhone isn't the only smartphone out there with dozens of useful design apps being produced for their platform. The Android platform has plenty of its own. Android owners, whether they have a tablet or phone, don't want to be cooped up behind a computer all day, and these Android apps are perfect for capturing daily epiphanies and inspiration. More


 



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