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STC's on-time dues discount ends 31 December
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There's less than two weeks left to get the best rate for STC's Classic membership! If you join or renew by 31 December, you get the discounted rate of $195 for a Classic membership; add a Chapter and SIG, and that's only $230. Get even more off your dues by referring a new member to STC. Receive $25 for every new member you bring to the Society, up to the entire cost of a Classic membership! See all our current promotions plus a list of what's new for 2013. More

HTML5: The future of the Web is finally here
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The tool that promises to launch the next era of websites, smartphone apps and online video is finally finished. HTML5, the long-in-the-works update to the language that powers the Web, is "feature complete," according to an announcement made by the standards-setting Worldwide Web Consortium. There's still some testing to be done, and it hasn't yet become an official Web standard — that will come in 2014. But there won't be any new features added to HTML5, which means Web designers and app makers now have a "stable target" for implementing it, W3C said. More

Really early bird rate for 2013 STC Summit also expires 31 December
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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! That's right, 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 techcomm. Right now STC members can register at the Really Early Bird rate of $825, but that rate is only good through 31 December so hurry. Make sure you're at the best techcomm event of 2013 at the best rate possible! More

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5 ways to make data visually interesting
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As a developer, sometimes it's just too easy to dump tabular data onto a Web page and call it "good." You know, just make a simple table, give it some basic CSS to spruce it up and you're done, right? But if you're a thoughtful designer, then you recognize that the data is on the page to prove a point, and it's your job to make that otherwise tedious data interesting and compelling. More

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Last week STC invited members to attend a free live Web seminar, What’s a MOOC? Exploring the Possibilities of Massive Open Online Learning. While part of the intent of the seminar was to explain what a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is, the second part of the seminar was to reach out to interested members about our own upcoming STC MOOC. STC will be partnering with the Blackboard education platform company next year for a technical communication MOOC. STC will be responsible for the content and Blackboard will make it available to anyone worldwide. This is a tremendous visibility opportunity for STC on a worldwide basis. Watch a recording of the webinar, with audio synched to PowerPoint, then visit our Recorded Seminars page and click the "Watch Free" button under the What’s a MOOC webinar. More

Why responsive web design is good for SEO
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One of the most exciting changes in website design has been the introduction of responsive design. Using responsive design to build a mobile site takes less time than creating a stand-alone mobile site, it's easier for the client to manage and maintain and the user has a seamless experience without need for redirection. Whatever the screen size of the user, they'll be served from the same database and same page, meaning that you have one solution to fit all devices. It’s the best solution for a client, agency, user and the search engines. More

Interested in donating to STC?
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With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the perfect time to show your support for the role STC has played in technical communication for 60 years! If you can contribute, you will be helping STC continue its tradition of excellent publications, conferences, and online courses for a new generation of technical communicators. We have launched new initiatives and partnerships to support technical communicators around the globe. Please consider giving back to STC so that others can receive the professional support and benefits you experienced as a member. If you would like to donate to the Society, please contact Stacey O'Donnell, STC's Business Development Manager. Remember that STC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part. More

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The top 25 responsive sites of 2012
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In 2012 responsive Web design really went mainstream. Big brands started to embrace it and .net Magazine has put together a list of its favorite responsive sites that launched over the last 12 months. It's an impressive mix, ranging from personal projects that are free to roam without a client breathing down their neck to innovative client work for the likes of Microsoft, Disney, Currys and Starbucks and some future-friendly in-house jobs by the BBC, The Next Web and Time. More

Viewport Resizer: A better responsive Web design bookmarklet
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If you're manually resizing your browser window to test responsive designs, you're making life unnecessarily difficult for yourself. A responsive design view tool appeared in Firefox 15 and there's a responsive Web design bookmarklet which works in most browsers. But bookmarklets can always be bettered. Viewport Resizer is an stunning responsive design tool. More

Parallax scrolling: How to use it for your business
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User experience is something that has become more and more important recently — especially with the growth of online businesses and e-commerce. Good user experience is the one thing that can really set you apart from your competition. This is where Parallax Scrolling really falls into place and excels. It's about making your users' journey through your website pleasurable, easy, simple and efficient. More

Build a location-based mobile app with HTML5 and Javascript: Part 1
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You don't need separate platform-specific technologies to develop powerful, useful apps. You'd be surprised with what you can build with HTML5 and popular JavaScript libraries. A hybrid app is built using Web technologies and then wrapped in a platform-specific shell that allows it to be installed just like a native app. More

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» Build a location-based mobile app with HTML5 and Javascript: Part 2 (BuildMobile)

Sharing templates between PHP and JavaScript
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Templating in Web applications is crucial for separating your business logic from your presentation. There are two types of templates: server-side templates, which are used through a server-side templating engine during the initial page load; and client-side templates, which are used for working with JavaScript-based applications or Ajax requests. In scenarios where your Web application depends heavily on Ajax, it can be difficult to maintain both server-side and client-side templates without duplication. More

The new era of SEO: Content strategy
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Well-known industry players are starting to say that content strategy is the new SEO. Some argue that traditional link building strategies are dead, especially following Google's infamous Penguin update. It's a bit like going back to square one. Links are still the most important factor in the ranking algorithm. But the old-school link-building tactics have been rendered ineffective, while new tactics work only when you have something valuable to trade: unique, high-quality, valuable content. More


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