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Earn a free membership with STC's Member Get a Member
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With STC's 2013 membership season now open, Member Get a Member is in full swing. STC increased the incentive amounts this year for Member Get a Member. Now you can get $25 for each member you recruit for STC. Even better, the $50 cap has been raised, and you can now earn up to the entire cost of a Classic membership if you recruit enough people! That's right, you can pay for your entire membership just by telling others about STC. When you're recruiting new members, don't forget to tell them that they can join now and get the rest of 2012 for free; that's 15 months for the price of 12. And all new and renewing members can get a discounted rate of $195 if they renew by 31 December. Click the link for more information about Member Get a Member, or visit to renew your membership today. More

Native, Web, or hybrid: How to choose your mobile development path
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Make no mistake: The enterprise is getting serious about developing and delivering mobile business apps. But whether the goal is to spread news, sell products, collaborate with business partners, or push mobile apps as products in themselves, the constant emergence and evolution of mobile platforms have many IT organizations wondering how best to execute the vision — and what tools and methodologies they should implement to deliver their apps to the right audience at the right time, regardless of device. More

1 more week until STC's Technical Editing Virtual Conference
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There's less than a week left to sign up for the STC Technical Editing Virtual Conference. This unique, live, online event takes place over three days, from 16-18 October. Sessions will run each day from Noon-2:15 PM EDT (GMT-4), with four sessions per day. Hosted by Angela Eaton of Texas Tech University, sessions will provide research, insights, tips, and techniques to improve your technical editing. Read more and register at the link below. And don't forget to check out STC's live Web seminars for October, too! More

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What's important in UI design
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In a recent article, Billy Hollis argued that "user interface design is no longer optional" and pointed out that many UI design decisions were driven by the construction of the human eye. And that's certainly true — but those decisions only kick in after you've answered a whole bunch of other, "architectural" UI questions. The answers to those questions are as critical to your application's success as your database design or your object model. More

Follow STC on social media
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Are you following STC? Keep up with all the important announcements, events, and initiatives. Follow STC on Twitter, join our LinkedIn group, or view some of our videos on our YouTube channel. And now we're on Facebook! Connect with STC today and make sure you're up to date on everything. More

16 examples of microscopic attention to detail in UX design
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It is the little things in life that count, according to the old adage, and this is certainly true as far as user experience is concerned. The devil really is in the detail. More and more websites are taking a microscopic approach to user experience and interface design, and the results can be useful, amusing, fun, and functional. More

Save $50 on your Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ Fees
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Earning the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC™) credential distinguishes you from your peers and shows current and prospective employers that you have the most up-to-date skills and knowledge in the technical communications field. Submit your evaluation packet by 28 December 2012 and you can save $50 off your assessment fee! You must submit your packet for evaluation by noon on 28 December 2012, to receive the discount. See the link below for full details on why you should certify and the certification process. More

Innovation in Technical Communication

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Browser makers cooperate on support for multi-platform Web development
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The Web's top four browser developers — Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Opera — teamed with the World Wide Web Consortium and technology companies including Nokia, HP, Adobe, and Facebook to create Web Platform Docs, a Wiki devoted to sussing out and stomping bugs and other issues when trying to develop for multiple browsers. More

WebPlatform pushes open Web agenda
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There's an interesting development on the information super highway: True to its name, has been built to be a unified singular location for the latest and greatest information, tutorials, code, design perks, and bugs on the most mature open Web platforms that are shaping the Web today. More simply put, the technology that allows for some of the most advanced development of Web-based applications and services has found a home. More

Best practices for developing mobile cloud apps revealed
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Mobile cloud apps run on servers with their data stored in the cloud. Users access the app through a browser window on the device. Mobile cloud apps are generally developed independent of operating systems and can be more robust than native apps. They present advantages over native apps because security and other management aspects can be more easily centralized. Here are some best practices to help ensure that the mobile cloud application development process goes as smoothly and successfully as possible. More

ODTUG directors advise mobile developers to focus on user experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some developers moving from Web applications to apps for mobile and embedded devices might be surprised by mobile devices' focus on the user experience. The needs and expectations of end users with mobile devices are often very different from users of traditional Web browsers. Generally, mobile users are intent on completing a single task. The way to win enterprise users is by giving them tools that simply get the job done. More

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Chrome 23 Beta improves HTML5 video support
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Google has updated both Beta and Dev pre-release channels of its open-source, cross-platform browser, Google Chrome to versions 23 and 24 respectively. While Google Chrome 24 Dev is a minor update, Google Chrome 23 Beta introduces support for a number of APIs and HTML5 technologies that, while superficially of most interest to Web developers, will improve both Web-based video playback and real-time audio/video communications over the internet for end users. More

How to modify the browser history in complex HTML5 & JavaScript applications
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This latest tutorial explains how the browser's back and next button could affect your Web application and the new HTML5 techniques that solve the issue. More

Is Internet Explorer development really a waste of time?
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In Mandy Barrington's recent article, "How to Stop Wasting Time Developing for Internet Explorer," her main point was that developing for legacy versions of Internet Explorer is painful. She offered several pragmatic suggestions such as making notes about IE-specific issues and charging clients who insist on IE6 compatibility. It justified an opinion held by most Web developers: we should forget legacy browsers and concentrate on more interesting technologies. But here are a few points you should also consider. More

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