Vision in Vegas WritersUA 2005 and the  Next Big Thing
The Big Gamble <ul><li>Conference Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Panel of Pundits </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Content </li></...
Pop Quiz: Alphabet Zoo <ul><li>CMS </li></ul><ul><li>DITA </li></ul><ul><li>MAML </li></ul><ul><li>UI </li></ul><ul><li>UA...
WinWriters to WritersUA <ul><li>Broadening from WinHelp to all User Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Welinski –  tailor-ma...
Panel of Pundits <ul><li>“ What’s Ripe, Hype, and Out-of-Sight” </li></ul><ul><li>Panelists: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Conference Content <ul><li>Lots of XML (DITA and no MAML) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of content management </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Sessions on Monday <ul><li>Intro to Windows Longhorn Help (MAML) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No solid info MAML will beta next y...
Sessions on Tuesday <ul><li>CMS in a Single-Writer Environ. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AuthorIT proponent; really cool </li></u...
Sessions on Wednesday <ul><li>Home Grown Single-Sourcing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing new, but very practical, in the tre...
Conference Attendees <ul><li>Writers, online help developers,  user assistance professionals, all over </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Hotels and Shows <ul><li>Tropicana </li></ul><ul><li>MGM </li></ul><ul><li>New York City </li></ul><ul><li>Bellagio </li><...
Cool Books  (Ahh…hardcopy!) <ul><li>Mining Google Web Services:  Building Applications with the Google API   by John Paul ...
Software Simulation <ul><li>Bill Horton presented: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Simulations – the missing piece of the c...
Possible Futures <ul><li>Single environment allows authoring, content management, and multiple outputs in unified desktop ...
Conclusions <ul><li>Metaphors of Las Vegas: </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings constantly torn down & replaced </li></ul><ul><ul>...
More Info Online <ul><li>www.writersua.com www.writersua.com/upcoming_events.htm (see Philadelphia conf. Sept.12-14) </li>...
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Vision in Vegas: WritersUA 2005 and the Next Big Thing

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Summary of the WritersUA 2005 conference -- a report to local technical communication professionals in Research Triangle Park, NC, where Bill Albing (of KeyContent.org) lives and works.

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  • This presentation is not just about the WritersUA 2005 conference but also about the Vision of our profession that I gained while attending. It was a good thing that this conference was in Las Vegas. There is so much visual stimulation in Las Vegas. What a great place for thinking about metaphors about technical communication and user assistance. Start with Map of Hotel; first exposure to tech comm in Las Vegas -- harder to get from front desk to room than from airport to hotel! A two-sided highlighted map to get from front desk to my room!  
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    1. 1. Vision in Vegas WritersUA 2005 and the Next Big Thing
    2. 2. The Big Gamble <ul><li>Conference Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Panel of Pundits </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Content </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Futures </li></ul><ul><li>Concluding Remarks </li></ul>
    3. 3. Pop Quiz: Alphabet Zoo <ul><li>CMS </li></ul><ul><li>DITA </li></ul><ul><li>MAML </li></ul><ul><li>UI </li></ul><ul><li>UA </li></ul><ul><li>XML </li></ul><ul><li>ACW </li></ul>
    4. 4. WinWriters to WritersUA <ul><li>Broadening from WinHelp to all User Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Welinski – tailor-made conference </li></ul><ul><li>About 400 attendees – all experienced professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Usually in Seattle, this one in Las Vegas smaller versions: Europe & East coast </li></ul><ul><li>Focused and yet open – vendors and attendees </li></ul>
    5. 5. Panel of Pundits <ul><li>“ What’s Ripe, Hype, and Out-of-Sight” </li></ul><ul><li>Panelists: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paula Berger Matthew Ellison </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tony Self Char James-Tanny </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joe Welinski </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Predictions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The IT World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools & Technology </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Conference Content <ul><li>Lots of XML (DITA and no MAML) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of content management </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of structured authoring </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of single sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Aspects of the same Documentation Elephant! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sessions on Monday <ul><li>Intro to Windows Longhorn Help (MAML) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No solid info MAML will beta next year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writing Content Blocks (modules) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a craft – learn how to modularize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at Amazon.com page for idea of modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using DITA for Info Architecture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just a DTD; it’s a process </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Sessions on Tuesday <ul><li>CMS in a Single-Writer Environ. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AuthorIT proponent; really cool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developing SDK Docs with JavaDoc </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very helpful to see JavaDoc and HTML </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows Longhorn Help Reprise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic Types and Behaviors (not for SDK docs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GAIN: Graphical, Action Focused, Interconnected, Navigation </li></ul>
    9. 9. Sessions on Wednesday <ul><li>Home Grown Single-Sourcing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing new, but very practical, in the trenches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Technology Update </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He forgot Wiki!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eclipse Multi-Platform Web-based User Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uh…definitely cross-platform dev. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Conference Attendees <ul><li>Writers, online help developers, user assistance professionals, all over </li></ul><ul><li>All very experienced: no newbies </li></ul><ul><li>Kit Brown </li></ul><ul><li>John Barrow </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Priestley </li></ul><ul><li>Neil Perlin </li></ul><ul><li>Scott DeLoach </li></ul><ul><li>Head of tekom.de </li></ul><ul><li>Kay Ethier & Sarah O’Keefe & Alan Houser </li></ul>
    11. 11. Hotels and Shows <ul><li>Tropicana </li></ul><ul><li>MGM </li></ul><ul><li>New York City </li></ul><ul><li>Bellagio </li></ul><ul><li>Luxor </li></ul>
    12. 12. Cool Books (Ahh…hardcopy!) <ul><li>Mining Google Web Services: Building Applications with the Google API by John Paul Mueller, John Mueller (Publisher), Sybex </li></ul><ul><li>3D for the Web : Interactive 3D animation using 3ds max, Flash and Director by Carol MacGillivray, Anthony Head </li></ul><ul><li>Agile Documentation : A Pattern Guide to Producing Lightweight Documents for Software Projects by Andreas Rueping </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images by Ian H. Witten, Ian H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, Timothy C. Bell </li></ul>
    13. 13. Software Simulation <ul><li>Bill Horton presented: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Simulations – the missing piece of the conf. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great demos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created one while we watched! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inspiration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make paper planes in pairs in 30 secs. – how do you communicate? do you laugh? </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Possible Futures <ul><li>Single environment allows authoring, content management, and multiple outputs in unified desktop app (AuthorIT follows this) </li></ul><ul><li>Collection of open source and other tools cobbled together, customized for each </li></ul><ul><li>We all work in our own XML but use DITA and others as a universal currency </li></ul><ul><li>Pretend that things haven’t changed! </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>Metaphors of Las Vegas: </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings constantly torn down & replaced </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Docs constantly being reshaped </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of marketing and glitz, but basically get people to spend money </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basically get content to people </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>No single best way to have fun </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No single best solution for delivering content </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. More Info Online <ul><li>www.writersua.com www.writersua.com/upcoming_events.htm (see Philadelphia conf. Sept.12-14) </li></ul><ul><li>www.oasis-open.org (DITA) </li></ul><ul><li>www.eclipse.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.keycontent.org </li></ul>

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