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Authoring and Publishing with DITA; Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Date: January 15, 2008
Location: 535 Hornby Street, Welch Room (4th Floor)
Time: 6:30 pm for networking, 7 pm for the presentation
Register online.

About this event
In 2008 it’s almost impossible for technical communicators to hide from the DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) world. It’s a little like that 90s children’s game called “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” Everyone is talking about DITA, but have you actually seen DITA? You’ve been given lots of clues about what it looks like, how it works, but would you recognize it if you saw it? Would you know what to do with it if someone gave it to you to use?

Bluestream Database Software Corp. offers a hands-on primer on content management using DITA, with practical examples using their XDocs tool. Jim Tivy will review specific reuse features of DITA. Authoring will be explored by using a sample scenario with XDocs and XMetal. On the publishing side, different output formats and output delivery mechanisms will be shown.

About the presenters
Jim Tivy is Chief Technology Officer at Bluestream Database Software Corp. Jim is the architect of an XML database and more recently the XDocs Content Management System. Jim was a member of the W3C XQuery working group for 4 years and is an author of “XQuery from the Experts” from Addison Wesley. Jim has worked on documentation systems since 1982. His current project at Bluestream is to help build a state-of-the-art XML Content Management System.

About the sponsor

The registration fee has been reduced to $5 for STC members thanks to our chapter sponsor, WritersUA. Normally the fee would be $10 for STC members, but for this event, the WritersUA is sponsoring our members!

WritersUA specializes in providing quality training and publications for the community of user assistance professionals. The world of user assistance comprises a variety of techniques and technologies to make working with software a better experience. WritersUA is the premier source for world-class, world-wide user assistance conferences and seminars. The annual WritersUA Conference has attracted over eight thousand participants in the past fifteen years. The next event takes place March 16-19 in Portland, Oregon. Registration opens November 1 and early registration discounts will be in effect through December 15. http://www.writersua.com.


General Admission: $20
STC Canada West Coast Chapter Members: $5
STC Members: $5
Students/Unemployed: $5
Register online or pay at the door. Jan 9 - 3:10PM: The registration isn’t working correctly. The link will be fixed asap!

Light refreshments will be served.


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