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Early Bird rate for STC Summit ends soon
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There are only a couple weeks left to register for the STC Summit and get the Early Bird rate. 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 only 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

Not all responsive Web design is created equal
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Responsive is an amazing way to design your website that makes it possible for visitors to access your content anywhere, anytime, from virtually any device. Many Web designers agree that this is the best method to ensure your website is best suited to the mobile customer. However, it's not enough just to ensure your website is responsive. It also must be easy to navigate on any device. More

Businesses and consultants, exhibit at the Summit
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Businesses and consultants are invited to exhibit at the 2013 STC Summit and reach an audience of attendees serious about technical communication. Businesses can exhibit in our Expo for three days, and multiple sponsorship packages are also available. There's space for the "little guy" as well, with our Consultants Corner, tables that allow consultants to share information with attendees at a lower price. See the Summit website for full details and share your company or yourself with attendees. More

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Adobe updates Muse visual Web designer
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Adobe has undertaken an ambitious schedule of updates to its Muse visual Web design program, aiming to provide significant upgrades every quarter. In keeping with that goal, Adobe released fresh new productivity enhancements and new functionality to the InDesign-inspired Web builder. More

Have you renewed your membership yet?
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All members must renew their membership by 28 February in order to vote in the upcoming STC election. Make sure your voice is heard as STC elects its leaders for the future. There's still time to get a great deal for career advancement, too, with our Gold Education membership level. This package includes five free webinars and half off a certificate course, providing top-notch education for a fraction of the regular price. After 31 March, though, you won't be able to renew at this level, so hurry before it's gone! More

IE10 Final arrives on Windows 7
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The final gold release of IE10 is available for Windows 7. Microsoft has taken their time — it's been four months since it appeared with Windows 8. If you've been running the IE10 Release Preview, you should receive an update during the next few days. Those using IE9 will be automatically upgraded over the coming weeks. If you can't wait, head over to and download a copy. More

Upcoming STC live Web seminars
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STC has four webinars current scheduled for March, with more to be added soon. On Tuesday, 5 March, Ellis Pratt presents Towards an Agile Authoring Methodology: Learning From Lean, followed by Judith Shenouda and Career Success in 12 Easy Steps — Build on Your Successes on Wednesday, 6 March. Thursday, 14 March, brings Gavin Austin and Tips for How Writers Can Benefit from Enterprise Social Networks, with Jamie Gillenwater presenting InDesign for Technical Communicators on Thursday, 21 March. Keep checking the main webinar page for more. More

New Groundwork Web dev framework shows promise
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Although it shares a name with a systems monitoring tool and a content management system, the Groundwork software development framework could make a name for itself in mobile Web development. The open source project is an HTML5, CSS and JavaScript framework for rapidly prototyping and building websites and applications. Currently in beta release, Groundwork leverages the Sass CSS preprocessor, which extends CSS3 by adding nested rules, variables, selector inheritance and other features. More

Build menus in Android with Java and XML: Contextual and popup menus
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Besides typical options menus, Android developers can also create specialized menu types such as the contextual menu and the popup menu within their apps. A contextual menu is a menu which affects (or appears on) specific items and generally has options that affect only that particular item. The contextual menu in Android appears when a user presses and holds on a specific item. A popup menu is a modal menu that can be programmed to appear when a button is clicked. More

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Creating 'loading' animations using only CSS3
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If you have spent any significant time on the Web, you will almost certainly have seen small animations that indicate a page, image or other Web element is loading or being processed. These animations not only look good but also give a feeling of complex processing at the backend. More than anything, these animations tell the user that their request is being processed. Most of the time, the images used are GIF files that run continuously until another event occurs. GIF images can also be heavy in size and take time to load at the front end. More

Requirements analysis — A critical 1st step in website design
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Requirements analysis is an iterative process that begins with an initial brainstorming session and continues throughout the development cycle; your requirements document will evolve and become more useful as a driver for design and implementation decisions with each iteration. Once you've done your initial brainstorming and identified some high level requirements with your client, it's useful to develop conceptual design wireframes that illustrate a potential approach. More

Design a multipage form in WordPress
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Have you ever found yourself needing to create a custom, multiple-​​page form in WordPress? Believe it or not, it's fairly straightforward if you understand some basic PHP and know your HTML form basics. More

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20 essential iPhone/iPad apps for Web developers
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Despite the emergence of powerful desktop technology tools, it still takes more than a single software suite to become a great Web developer. Developers are virtually tethered to their computers, but just like graphic designers, Web devs can be surprisingly productive away from their desk or outside of the office. Lugging a laptop from place to place is rarely the ideal way to maintain productivity on the move, and thanks to well-​​designed mobile apps, it's often unnecessary. More

Ditch lorem ipsum for BLOKK: The perfect font for quick mock-ups and wireframing
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Lorem ipsum, the Latin placeholder text often used when submitting designs to clients, has long been a popular choice for designers. But Latin isn't much like English, so it can be misleading to use Latin filler text when designing type-heavy sites. And sometimes, using any filler text at all can be too much at the earliest stages of a design. That is the role BLOKK fills; it's a font made up of dashes for quick mock-ups and wireframing. More


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