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July 16 ePub Formatting Tips and Tricks

Why should technical communicators be keeping an eye on ePUB files?  They enable users to read content on iPads, iPhones, and other e-readers, a growing trend in delivering Just In Time documentation, where you need it and when you need it.

ePUB files are one of the technologies that have changed how technical communicators deliver mobile documentation. The newest Help Authoring Tools can easily create ePUB files but the formatting of the content—such as fonts—may vary among e-readers.

In this session you will learn about ePUB files, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to standardize the formatting of an EPUB file so that its appearance is consistent, whether you are viewing the file using iBooks, Adobe Digital Editions, or other e-reader software.

Mobile documentation is a key trend to watch.

In this presentation Robert will explain:
• The advantages and disadvantages of an ePUB file.
• Why ePUB files are one of the technologies to watch for technical communicators.
• How modifying the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) within an ePUB file offers more control.
• The main components inside an ePUB file.
• How to add embedded fonts within an ePUB file.
• How to control text alignment, page breaks, and widows and orphans in an ePUB file.
• The differences between a “standard” ePUB file and fixed-layout file.

About Our Presenter, Robert Desprez

Robert has worked as a Vancouver technical writer for more than 10 years, working at some of British Columbia’s largest high-tech firms. He has served in leadership positions for the Canada West Coast Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and has worked as a writing instructor at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University.

Note this alternate location

Where: Boardroom, SRK Consulting (Canada) Ltd., Suite 2200, 1066 West Hastings Street

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Time: Come and start chatting and networking at 6:30 – enjoy light refreshments. We’ll start the presentation at 7:00 and end by 8:30 (-ish).

Cost:  $5 - STC members
          $5 - students in technical writing programs with ID
          $20 - non-members of STC

 

Registration is now open

PLEASE NOTE: There are two registration options, each with the three payment levels. Please make sure you select the correct one.
To attend in person: Join us in the SRK Boardroom (note the different location for this session)! Click this link to pre-register: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=47&EID=15258.

OR

To attend the webinar: ...from anywhere(alone or with others), click this link: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=47&EID=15257. You need a computer to watch/participate in the event. It is recommended to use a headset with an integrated microphone (least amount of noise for others in the webinar), and to always mute yourself unless you are required to talk.

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