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The 2012 STC SUMMIT@aClick is now available
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The 2012 SUMMIT@aClick is now available for purchase! 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 sale price of $149 for members and $299 for nonmembers, through 13 July. Buy now and bring the Summit back home to you. More

The case for responsive design
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Peter Yared, CTO of CBS Interactive, stirred up a bit of controversy recently when he wrote that adaptive design techniques make it difficult for publishers to monetize content. Peter argues for designing interfaces that take advantage of users' familiarity with native device features, such as swiping on a tablet, scrolling on a website, and paging through a mobile interface. Elliot Jay Stocks does a pretty nice job of taking Peter to task on his blog, "Has adaptive design failed? Of course it bloody hasn't." However, given the intensity of the debate, it's worth furthering the dialogue. More

July brings 2 STC certificate courses
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Choose from a pair of STC certificate courses in July for in-depth learning on mobile apps or the basics of technical communication. 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. Kick-start your career or brush up on skills with Leah Guren and TechComm 101. 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). Find out how you can create a mobile app without any coding at all! More

What is front end development?
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Front end development is the practice (or "art" as front end developers call it) of turning a website design into a fully functional website. This article covers the main aspects of FED and how they are best achieved. More

6 things you need to know about jQuery
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Bringing together HTML5 and CSS, the jQuery JavaScript library greatly eases the pains of Web application development. Using jQuery can improve load time, SEO, and multimedia on your website. And it's free. More

Multimedia, multidevice, multipurpose technical communication

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HTML5 — 8 reasons to gear up to latest HTML iteration now
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The W3C won't finalize the latest incarnation of HTML until 2014, but there are plenty of reasons to incorporate HTML5 into current web development projects. The fifth revision of the HTML standard has become bigger than the sum of its most recent enhancements. What most people refer to when they say HTML5 is actually a collection of technologies — HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 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 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 (2 positions), and Nominating Committee (2 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

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On the mobile Web's impact on website design
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The Internet is all about change. In a span of less than two decades, we've seen the inception of the Internet, the dot-com bubble, and a world wide web dominated by e-commerce shift to one dominated by social media. It's been marked by a low barrier to entry and short-term success, but very few companies have possessed the ability to stick around for the long term. Now, the Web is changing again. Web 2.0, the social Web, is giving way to Web 3.0, which promises to be run increasingly through mobile devices. So how is the mobile revolution affecting website design? More

Submit your STC Summit video by 30 June
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Don't forget to send in your entry for the STC Summit video contest by 30 June! Entrants are asked to create a video using footage from this year's Summit to be used in the promotion of the 2013 STC Conference and STC's 60th Anniversary, which will be celebrated next year. The theme of the video is "Why I Love the STC Summit!" Two winners will be selected; one the STC staff favorite and one the "fan favorite." Both winners will receive a free registration to the 2013 Summit. Get your entry in today! 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

Design your website for mobile 1st
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To address the mobile revolution, many companies have created a second mobile version of their website so their content can be viewed on smart phones without a problem. But there are big problems! First, you have to design, maintain, and pay for two separate websites. When you update one, the other is in most cases not automatically updated. Additionally, the mobile site is designed for a specific mobile screen size. If your user does not have that phone model, they will still have to scroll around to see your mobile site version. A better idea is to redesign your website; and this time design it for mobile first. More

The HTML5 audio troubleshooting guide
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Enough has been written about the woeful state of HTML5 audio support. This article focuses on the audio issues a developer may encounter on a per platform basis and the potential solutions for them. More

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Tablets will edge out smartphones: What you can do to prepare
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Will tablets edge out smartphones? New data from Adobe Digital Index suggests this may happen by early 2013. A new eMarketer forecast projects nearly 70 million Americans, representing over 20 percent of all U.S. consumers, will use a tablet by the end of 2012. Most of these people are using tablets for two things: browsing and buying. Here are a few things to take into account when assessing your company's tablet readiness. More

Developing multilingual Web apps
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Apps have transformed the way people use software to process information and manage data over the last few years. App entrepreneurs have been making the most of their flexibility to engage with users in key global markets. If you are keen to join them, it could be time to consider developing multilingual apps. More


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