TCUK online

Launched in November 2020, TCUK online is a series of monthly events. Each month, we have a speaker offering a presentation on a topic related to technical communication, along with a chance to ask questions and join in a discussion about the topic – all in just one hour!

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Upcoming schedule:

Thursday, 18 November 2021: Andrea Flolid – A talk on training [This will be at the later time of 4pm UK time.]

Monday, 6 December 2021: Chris Hester – Content Debt: Understanding the Basics

Wednesday, 12 January 2022: Mark Lewin – Working in developer documentation

Previous events

October 2021: Chui Chui Tan – Getting to know your international audiences

A 43-minute presentation by Chui Chui Tan, Director of Beyo Global about the impact of cultural differences when communicating to global audiences. Full of insight, stories, and helpful reference information, this is sure to be of interest to anyone in communication, sales or marketing, whether technical or not. Worth listening to for insight in communicating with your home audience too!

[Video will be made available in December 2021.]

September 2021: Catherine Rushton – Translation: Getting it right

A 37-minute talk by translation professional Catherine Rushton giving us a great insight into the world of translation for technical writing. With demonstration of the processes and software involved, you will learn about the different ways to get translation done, and how to set yourself and your translator up for success, as well as see how the information you provide a translator is used. Invaluable for anyone involved in writing for, or being responsible for, translation.

[Video will be made available publicly in November 2021.]

July 2021: Chris Hester – A conversation about Governance

We are not able to share the video from this talk on the website.

June 2021: Bjørn Smalbro – Designing Adobe FrameMaker templates

A 34-minute presentation by graphic designer Bjørn Smalbro about his work with Adobe creating some new templates for Adobe FrameMaker. He goes through the thinking behind them and how they might be used, as well as how templates in general work in FrameMaker.

May 2021: Mike Ingeldew – The changing role of the technical publication in Integrated Product Support

A 38-minute video by Mike Ingeldew about technical publications, and the systems & technology we now have to support them, with a focus on S1000D and the Aerospace, Space and Defence industry.

Please note that the video sadly recorded at a low frame rate and this affects it throughout, however there are some great, detailed slides worth seeing.

April 2021: Amanda Maher – UK Technical Communication Awards

A 20-min presentation by Amanda Maher about the UK Technical Communication Awards, which are now open for 2021. Focused on how Amanda prepared and entered her winning entry in 2020, it offers great ideas for anyone interested in entering in the future.

March 2021: Vera Gergely – Plain Language

Vera Gergely is the Chair of the International Plain Language Federation and spoke for 35 minutes about Plain Language: what it is, how to use it, the organisations involved in its adoption, and the new ISO standard being produced as an International framework for plain language across the globe!

February 2021: Ciaran Dodd – Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100): Let us show you how!

A 30-minute presentation by Ciaran Dodd about how to work with ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) with examples of correcting text to fit the STE rules, words, and philosophy.

January 2021: Mike Unwalla – Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100): What is it and What is it for?

A 30-minute presentation by Mike Unwalla on Simplified Technical English, what it is, what it is for, and the pros and cons for its use. PLEASE NOTE: Presentation slides are only used for about the middle 10 minutes, this is intentional. Some visual aids were also used that were not recorded, but are described verbally.

December 2020: David Bailey – 5 Minutes to Midnight

A 30-minute update to David’s 2019 TCUK (Technical Communication UK) conference presentation “10 Minutes to Midnight”. David talks about his experience moving the documentation from after development to alongside development using the CI/CD (Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery) model.

November 2020: Matthew Ellison – Using Micro Content to create featured snippets in search results

A 35-minute presentation by Matthew Ellison, launching the ISTC’s monthly “TCUK online” series. Matthew discusses what featured snippets and micro content are, how they are useful, and how to set them up in MadCap Flare.