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Join STC for 2013 and save
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STC's 2013 membership season is now open! Remember, if you join or renew by 31 December, you'll get the discounted rate of $195 for a Classic membership. Add a Chapter and SIG, and that's only $230. We're constantly increasing the value of membership as well. Just in the last couple months we've introduced the Member Affinity Program, released recorded webinars for sale, and offered free, sponsored live Web seminars to members. Invest in your future; build your career. Join or renew today! More

Web-design wireframes: Use your imagination and these key rules
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Wireframes, visuals and prototypes are only tools for the job. The actual process demands the involvement of the interested parties. So many ideas can be knocked on the head at the wireframe stage. This is the essence of wireframes: sketch it out, hoist it up and see if it flies. If it gets shot down in flames, no worries, it took relatively little time to build. The problem is when ideas get polished, when people see the wireframe and try to tweak that rather than look at the idea. More

Start your tech comm career or take the next step with STC certificate courses
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STC offers three multi-week certificate courses in November designed to help you start your career in technical communication or take the next step. TechComm 101, presented by Leah Guren and starting 28 November, is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. TechComm 201, also presented by Leah and starting 13 November, is a more advanced course, with a focus on soft skills, such as estimating and managing technical communication projects and working with SMEs; and technical skills, such as advanced editing, professional tool concepts, and Help Authoring concepts. And finally, Bernard Aschwanden presents Minimalist Writing in a compressed schedule, Mondays and Thursdays from 29 November through 17 December. This course was developed for people who need to reduce the volume and complexity of content. Learn why good design reduces the need for documentation and learn to work with developers to set and meet shared goals. More

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Making the case for native mobile landing pages
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Generally speaking, there are two ways to implement mobile landing pages: use responsive design to have your pages adapt to the appropriate device; or implement native mobile pages that are explicitly designed for that purpose. Many people like the idea of responsive design because they believe they won't have to manage separate content for mobile and desktop users. However, if you find that the "A" version of a test wins on desktops, while the "B" version wins on mobile, you'll want the ability to deploy the winners to their respective audiences. In which case, you end up managing two different versions of your pages anyway. More

Have you considered polyglot markup?
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Nowadays, many Web developers have moved toward HTML5 over XHTML. But did you know Web documents can be both HTML and XML-based at the same time? This is what's known as polyglot markup: HTML documents that can correctly be served as either text/html or as an XML MIME-type-like application/xml or application/xhtml+xml. Like a polyglot person, who speaks more than one language, a polyglot document "speaks" both HTML and XML. 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

B2B content strategy: How to ensure your content stars align
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There's a myth that failed content can be blamed on brands only conveying what they want, and conversely, that successful content is accomplished solely by intuiting what audiences want to hear. The thing is, content isn't so black and white — especially on the Web — which is what makes it so disarming to begin with. But it's also what makes it so flexible, versatile and imperative to an extraordinary Web strategy. More

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Advantages of HTML5 and CSS3
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HTML5 and CSS3 have become popular tools that help in building a well-defined website. Each of them have many advanced features of their own but nowadays, they are used in combination with each other by expert Web designers, to create refined Web pages with semantic accuracy. Here's a look at some advantages of HTML5 and CSS3. More

Save $50 on your Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ fees
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Earning the Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ 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. More

Infragistics builds Windows 8 UI tool set
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Infragistics, the design and user experience software company and a world leader in user interface development tools and business productivity apps, recently announced NetAdvantage for Windows UI, a set of WinJS HTML and WINRT XAML controls that take advantage of the latest Microsoft operating system. The toolset, currently in beta, includes Infragistics multi-point, multi-touch charts and maps to translate static data into visually meaningful and interactive experiences. More

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Optimizing for Retina: 10 essential tools
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It's pretty clear that hi-res displays aren't going away. Modern smartphones almost exclusively boast displays with pixels packed so tightly you can't see them. Apple has also introduced similar displays to its iPad and MacBook Pro lines, and other manufacturers will soon follow suit. Indeed, Google recently announced its Nexus 10 tablet will have a 2560x1600 pixel resolution, clocking in at around 300 pixels per inch. If you're keeping count, that's essentially print quality. More

Emerging specs: Exploring device orientation and motion
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Web standards are always changing. Like WebSockets, yesterday's prototypes become tomorrow's mature standards. One of the latest prototypes that’s gaining momentum in standards bodies is the implementation of the W3C DeviceOrientation Event Specification draft on This specification defines new DOM events that provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a device. Such APIs will let Web developers easily deliver advanced Web user experiences leveraging modern devices' sensors. More

Good design can improve leadership by making big data accessible
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As the computer revolution has morphed into today's Web, design has a more important seat at the table. Not only is the Web visual, but the data generated and the loss of hierarchy enabled by the web has created leadership challenges that good design can solve. More

7 questions to ask before you build for mobile
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VideoBriefWhen it comes to mobile strategy, do you look first to the cool new things you can do, or to the reason behind your mobile presence? Don't design for mobile until you've asked these important questions about user behavior. More

HTML5 and the future of the Web
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HTML5 recently faced criticism for being difficult to write code with; having inconsistent support for audio file formats; and containing debugging inadequacies, with errors being allowed to go through to the run-time stage instead of being caught at compiler level. Nevertheless, being an open standard, many parties can and do work to improve HTML5's feature-set and functionality. It also has some heavyweight industry backers which include Microsoft, Google, Apple, Adobe, Amazon, SAP and Facebook. More

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