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'Attend' the STC Summit from wherever you are with Summit@aClick
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We know not everyone can travel to the Summit, so that's why STC offers SUMMIT@aClick. SUMMIT@aClick is an online collection of the conference's content, with audio and PowerPoint synched together. It's like being able to bring the entire content of the conference back to share with the rest of your company. The 2012 Summit included over 80 sessions in 10 tracks and SUMMIT@aClick includes almost all of them. And it's available for purchase at the special presale price of $149 for members and $299 for nonmembers, through 13 July. Buy now and bring the Summit back home to you. More

Designing with usability in mind    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Web development and design have come a long way since the early days of hideous, blinding pages, that confronted us when we navigated through websites in the hope of finding the information we want, and seeing awesome designs and functionality in place. Thankfully, times have changed. For now, what's important is that developers and designers are putting a lot more emphasis on user experience, ensuring that visitors have a positive and seamless website interaction and overall experience. More

STC education continues
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STC's live Web seminars continue throughout June. On Tuesday, 12 June, join Linda Oestreich from 9:00–10:00 PM EDT (GMT-4) for Your Career is Your Job. Tuesday, 19 June brings Patrick Quinlan and Simplify DITA Authoring with Constraints, from 9:00–10:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). And finally, Karen McGrane presents Mobile Content Strategy on Thursday, 21 June, from 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). In July, choose from a pair of STC certificate courses for more in-depth learning. Leah Guren presents TechComm 101 at two times: Mondays starting 2 July from 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4) and Tuesdays starting 3 July from 7:00-8:30 AM GMT for our global members, especially in Asia and the Pacific. The following week, Neil Perlin starts our newest certificate course, Creating Mobile Apps without Coding, with a compact schedule of six sessions from 9 July to 17 July, 1:00-2:45 PM EDT (GMT-4). More

The trick to responsive design and SEO
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One of the great things about responsive design is that no matter what device you're using to view a responsively designed webpage you probably won't even know you're looking at one. That's the great trick to responsive design. A responsively designed web page will automatically adjust to whatever device you're using to view it. More

Nominate someone (or yourself) for STC office
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It's head-hunting season for STC's Nominating Committee! For those who attended the STC Summit in Rosemont, IL, and who put in a Candidate Recommendation Form, either for yourself or someone else, we offer a big thank you. For those who didn't attend, don't feel left out. You can still nominate yourself or someone you feel would make an excellent Society-level officer by completing the Candidate Recommendation Form online. This year the committee is seeking candidates for Vice President, Treasurer, Director (two positions), and Nominating Committee (two positions). See the link below for more information and to fill out the form. The Nominating Committee will be contacting nominees over the next 6-8 weeks. If you, or the person you nominated, are not contacted by the end of July, email and to follow up. More

Multimedia, multidevice, multipurpose technical communication

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Mobile content strategy: 7 mistakes you are making right now
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Mobile strategy is becoming increasingly complicated. As the choices of devices expand, users increasingly continue to access content from their mobile devices. What does this mean for you and your organization's overall content strategy? If you are thinking about your mobile content strategy at all, here are some things you need to consider right now. More

Defining user experience design requirements and goals
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User experience design, interaction design, user interface design, and other web/application design professionals refer to UX design as the process of planning and creating a successful, user-centered design. User centered design puts the user's own goals and enjoyment ahead of business goals, and personal assumptions. The requirements gathering phase is the first step of the UX design process. During the requirements gathering phase, you and your UX team will spend time determining the needs for a new or altered product design. More

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New HTML5 control blends Web with native mobile apps
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A new HTML5 Browser Control lets enterprise mobile app developers quickly blend dynamic Web content with native and hybrid apps, using the cross-platform tools and middleware from Verivo Software. With the new component, which is part of Verivo's AppStudio toolset, Web developers can use their HTML and Javascript skills to build mobile apps that can access a range of back-end enterprise databases and apps. And the Browser Control lets existing HTML5 content be quickly incorporated into mobile apps, alongside native app components. More

HTML5 browsers gain influence as application integration pendulum swings
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Technology often seems to be a series of pendulum swings, and it can be hard to know where in transit you are at any one time. Sometimes, the trends are more vivid than at others. A present case in point is the HTML5 browser running JavaScript. SOA still seems to maintain a role as backend mediator. But JavaScript, the engine of newly minted HTML5 browser, has a ways to go in terms of overall scalability. 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

User experience and flow
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The disciplines of user experience and interaction design normally operate in the context of computer interfaces (such as websites, apps, display/button panels on devices, etc.). But just the names themselves allow one to imagine an easy mapping to other domains like architecture and urban development. And this philosophy seems to resonate deeply with the philosophy of user-centered design and the various overlapping UX philosophies. More

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Apple releases guide to iOS security
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Apple has introduced a guide to iOS security, which was posted to sometime in late May, but is just now being noticed outside the Apple developer community. The publication is notable because it's the first time Apple has published a comprehensive guide intended for an I.T. audience. Apple's developer-friendly documentation on security matters is easy to spot, however. More

5 ways to master social media multitasking
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Managing social media accounts across Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other sites can be overwelming for some business owners. Posting to each can simply require too much attention for time-crunched entrepreneurs. But you don't need to be all things to all people on the social Web. And you don't need to hire a social media manager to handle it all. There are a number of cost-effective ways for you to have an active pressence on more than one social media site without devoting all your time to it. More


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