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San Francisco
Friday, 21 January 2011


The mission of the Society for Technical Communication is to advance the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media.

The mission of the San Francisco chapter is to:

- Promote the arts and sciences of technical communication in the San Francisco Bay Area

- Promote career development in the technical communication profession for our members, other colleagues, and students of technical communication

- Promote respect, increased public awareness, and appreciation of the technical communication profession


Tuesday, 02 September 2014 by Leah Scampoli


Most people think that EPUB means electronic "book," but if you look carefully at the underlying technology, you'll see that it can be much more than just a simple book! With the EPUB 3 specification, which is based on HTML 5 and CSS 3, you can (or should be able to) do most anything in an EPUB that you can do on a website.

What this means is you can essentially wrap up a website inside of a single package and make that available to your customers for use on any platform or device from desktop to mobile, on or off-line. It may not really make sense to wrap up an entire website in an EPUB, but what about your online Help system? Remember when you used to deliver Help as a single file, HTML Help (CHM files) or WinHelp (if you've been around that long)? In theory, an EPUB could provide the same functionality as those Help delivery systems. It's got a built-in TOC, Search, Bookmarks, and now (as of EPUB 3.0.1) Indexes and Dictionaries.

As with all things, there are limitations to this method, some are technical and others are just due to the lagging support for EPUB 3 in readers and publishing tools. Scott has been experimenting with different techniques in EPUBs, and can discuss the pros and cons of using an EPUB to deliver online Help. He will show the current state of prototype EPUB Help systems and how they look in different readers and devices.

If you're looking for an alternative method for delivering your online Help, or are just interested in pushing the limits with EPUB, this presentation is for you.



Scott Prentice is the founder and President of Leximation, Inc, and has worked in the techcomm field since 1991. He is most well known for FrameMaker plugin and application development, including tools such as DITA-FMx and BookVars. He has also been focused on DITA development for many years, and provides tools and training for FrameMaker to DITA conversions. Scott has considerable experience with custom online Help and web application development which has merged nicely into the EPUB world over the past few years. Recently he has been involved with the IDPF EPUB Indexes working group as an invited expert.

Note: There will NOT be a live Webinar this month.

To register, go to


TPW Instructor opening at SFSU The Technical & Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University invites interested professionals to share their expertise with our students. We are recruiting a Lecturer to teach an upper-division course, TPW 555: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design, during fall semester 2014. The course introduces students to document design principles and processes, with a focus on strategies for integrating text and graphics. Workshop instruction teaches publication design software, with an emphasis on Adobe InDesign. Students are assigned exercises and projects to do during lab, in addition to receiving classroom instruction. TPW will provide the new instructor with a tested course plan and associated teaching materials, including use of an online course management system. The course is progressively designed to combine research-based theory with current practice. Instructor will be hired to teach the course for fall semester 2014 only, although repeat employment is a possibility. Qualifications: - Expertise using Adobe InDesign - Master’s degree - Relevant work experience - Teaching, training, or tutoring experience - Education or training in design theory and practices Schedule: - Mondays, Aug 25 - Dec 15 (except 9/1 and 11/24) - 6 – 7 pm: ​Office hour in the computer lab - 7 – 9:45 pm:​ Classroom teaching Applications: To apply, please email resume or CV to Neil Lindeman Director, Technical & Professional Writing Program, SF State email: phone: 650/866.5364 Benefits of working for TPW:
Last replied by Leah Scampoli on Thursday, 17 July 2014
That's very nice, but we have our own local competition, Touchstone, which is jointly sponsored by the 6 northern California chapters, including San Francisco. Why don't you encourage local technical communicators to enter Touchstone? The website has not yet been updated for this year, but our deadline for entries is Saturday, Oct 5th. I hope local tech communicators will send us their entries. If you want to be a judge in this year's competition, please send email to, and I'll explain the process. Touchstone accepts entries from anywhere, but we encourage potential entrants to enter their own local competition instead if they have one. We would not publicize Touchstone in the Chicago group, and I for one don't appreciate their publicizing their competition here.
Last replied by Richard Mateosian on Monday, 12 August 2013

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