Delhi (NCR) STC Regional Conference – June 30, 2007 @ Radisson, Noida

Thanks to Shyamsree Dasgupta from CSC for this writeup…

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The first Delhi (NCR) STC Regional Conference for the year 2007 which took place on June 30, 2007 at Radisson Hotel, Noida was a great success! We had about 50 participants from all over Delhi and NCR. STC Delhi (NCR) volunteers, our sponsors, and all speakers helped in making this event a true achievement. The conference was sponsored by Sage India, Phoneytunes.com, and Adobe India.

The main topic of this conference was FrameMaker, its usage and its various aspects, analysis with MS-Word, and some great tips. The conference included morning and afternoon presentations on technical writing, several sessions on FrameMaker and its features, a networking lunch followed by an award ceremony for the speakers and the volunteers.

The day began at 8:45 am with the smooth registration process, wherein participants were given the Demo CDs of RoboHelp 6 and FrameMaker 7.2. This was the time when participants got the chance to meet their old friends and colleagues and engaged in informal networking before things got under way.

After a short welcome from Saravanan, the STC Delhi Chapter Representative, our morning speaker got underway with a look at FrameMaker 7.2. Aseem Dokania, FrameMaker – Product Manager, Adobe India, emphasized the importance of structured authoring and also gave an insight of DITA, which he said is a rule book based on the best practices of documentation.

If technical writing is an art, template designing is a specialization blended with creativity!

Template designing is a unique aspect of technical writing that gives a face to your work. Asit Pant, Technical Publication Consultant with Cadence Design Systems, presented the technicalities of template designing followed by an overview of XML and structured FrameMaker. His presentation helped understand the importance of continually developing our skills to stay abreast of ongoing trends and new techniques and not allowing ourselves to fall behind.

 

The hour long informative session drew the participants to the sumptuous lunch served by Radisson. This was preceded by the group photo taken by Himanshu Marathe from CSC.

Delhi (NCR) STC Regional Conference - June 30, 2007 @ Radisson, Noida

Our afternoon session began with a presentation on Zen and the Art of Technical Writing by Narssimhan. With a career in training, technical writing, hardware maintenance, software selling/programming, Narssimhan provided a valuable insight to technical writing as an art, craft, and practice of logical translation into grammatical. He narrated several short stories to connect life with technical writing. He spoke about Zen which is not a sect but an experience as is technical writing.

Madhumita from SafeNet shared her experience and learning of creating Indexes in FrameMaker. She presented the methods of creating various indexes that ease our searches in huge manuals. Her session was followed by a very useful discussion by Vidisha from SafeNet, on 10 Great Tips on Using FrameMaker.

The power-packed learning sessions was geared up with a coffee break followed by Shalini Vaishnav’s (from SafeNet) presentation on Framemaker and MS-Word an Analysis. We all started our career with MS-Word to document manuals. This session provided an interesting way of looking at the usefulness of FrameMaker over MS-Word.

Cheri Mullins from GENBAND, Past President of the STC Austin (Texas USA) community, took the participants to the plane of understanding the When, Which, and Why of FrameMaker in the next session. She addressed the advantages of FrameMaker over MS-Word, some useful keyboard shortcuts and the prime benefits of FrameMaker.

We closed the event with the award ceremony for the speakers and the volunteers.

 

 

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For more pics refer my Picasa Album

 

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