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Forrester report urges HTML5 adoption, says most browsers can support it
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A new report from market research company Forrester says that it's time for companies to embrace the latest Web standards and start building richer Web experiences that take advantage of the capabilities that are supported by modern Web browsers. The report highlights changing trends in browser adoption and talks about how companies are taking advantage of new functionality. More



Call for proposals for 2013 STC Summit is now open
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There's still time to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise to the 2013 Technical Communication Summit, the 60th Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication. The work you are doing and have done is an important element in the education process, and we invite you to share it with Summit attendees. For more information, including general information about the conference, descriptions of the individual tracks within the education program, descriptions of session formats and required supporting materials, answers to key questions, and a proposal checklist, visit the Call for Proposals website. And join STC on Wednesday, 22 August, for a free live Web seminar, Planning and Submitting Your STC Summit Proposal. Proposals are due at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4), Monday, 10 September. All proposals must be submitted through our online submission system. More

Google releases new Web development aids
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Google released two new internally authored technologies that could help ease the burdens of Web developers. One is a tool for spotting memory leaks in JavaScript code, and the other is a library written in Dart for accessing popular Google application programming interfaces. With the release of these technologies, Google continues to back the use of the open Web technologies. More



What's new in jQuery 1.8
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It's been nine months since jQuery 1.7 was released, so here we are with a shiny new version to help you write less code in a shorter time while retaining great cross-browser compatibility. SitePoint takes a look at the main new features and updates available in jQuery 1.8. More

August, September STC webinars scheduled
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STC currently has webinars scheduled through the end of September, with more to be added. Seven September webinars join those previously scheduled for August, on topics such as launching a business, analyzing qualitative data, wireframing, heuristic evaluation, Web technologies, resolving conflict, and content strategy. Sign up for the one that can help advance your career. STC is also scheduling more sponsored webinars that will be free to Society members, so be on the lookout for more information. More

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Twitter buys app development tool Clutch.io
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Clutch.io, a company that provides software to help iOS developers design and test their apps, announced that it has been acquired by Twitter. Developers have until the end of October to transition their software away from Clutch.io or begin hosting the service on their own servers. More

Get advanced learning with STC's certificate courses
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STC's certificate courses are multi-week sessions that let you explore a subject in depth. In addition to the practical work skills that you will develop, participating in a certificate program provides you with a unique live opportunity to learn directly from an instructor and to also exchange ideas and tools virtually with the other participants in the program. STC currently has four certificate courses scheduled to start in the next few months: Writing for Localization: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli; TechComm 201, presented by Leah Guren; TechComm Manager, presented by Saul Carliner; and our newest course, Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Carol Barnum. Follow the link for dates and more details. More

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4 rules for creating interactive content for a multi-platform, multi-device world
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The interactive world is constantly changing, and the number of different devices that connect it all is growing every year. The problem that arises is that there are no rules for the game. As big corporations create new products with different systems and technology, it's inevitable that we'll have to come up with creative ways to adapt. Brands now have more control over how users access and interact with their content. Most brands focus on desktop experiences only and leave the other devices aside. Now, more than ever, consumers are interfacing with brands from anywhere and everywhere. More

Managed responsive design helps small businesses target mobile consumers
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Even for large enterprises, developing multiple website versions that provide an optimal experience for users of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices can be a time-consuming experience that makes effective site analytics and SEO performance difficult. For small businesses, the problem can become overwhelming. But a Web design concept called responsive design offers the opportunity for SMBs to develop one single site with one codebase, content database and URL that can provide an optimal experience for any and all mobile device users. More

Distill complex ideas into succinct messages

A proliferation of new technologies has heightened the call for professionals who can communicate complex technical ideas—succinctly and articulately. In response, Northeastern offers the 100% online MS in Technical Communication, designed to enhance your technical communication skills for application across a variety of audiences and contexts. Learn More


5 tactics to revitalize your content strategy
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We all know that without good content, it's hard to engage audiences beyond an initial interaction. This is why a solid content strategy is crucial. According to Joe Pulizzi at the Content Marketing Institute, nine out of 10 companies have content marketing programs. These companies spend about a quarter of their budget on content marketing efforts. That being said, producing consistently engaging content has its challenges. More

Why search engine marketing may soon be superfluous
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Do you still obediently place keyword ads on Google or other search engines in the hope of attracting a lot of new customers? Do your new business opportunities hinge on clicks through to your page? Search engine marketing is a big focus for many companies, but if you read the results of an eye-tracking study from the U.S., you might well start to doubt whether this strategy actually works. More

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How to draw cubic bézier curves on HTML5 SVGs
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You've probably encountered cubic béziers in desktop publishing and graphics packages. Bézier provides far more curve options. With two control points we can generate curves which reverse direction or wrap around themselves. Quadratic bézier curves are defined using the "C" directive in the path's "d" attribute. More

What developers can learn from top mobile apps
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When it comes to mobile app design and development, the best way to learn is often by observing what works in successful apps. This doesn't mean copying every interface or design element from a popular app. It means looking at what features in a successful app make it both beautiful and functional and applying those lessons to your own projects. More


 



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