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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


Monday, 01 February 2016 by Leah Scampoli


Richard will lead a highly interactive session that begins with the basics of using version control systems to help support documentation of software products.

Of specific interest to technical communicators will be how, or even whether, a particular version controls these system can affect our decisions about chunking, modularity, and reuse. Spoiler alert: version control systems are not component content management system.

Attendees will also be encouraged to share their ideas and experiences about setting up version control system work spaces and workflows, including: conducting reviews; dealing with product-versioning issues, and working with developers.


Richard Mateosian is a freelance technical writer who for twenty years has specialized in documentation for developers. Before that, he obtained a PhD in mathematics, spent 15 years as a programmer, wrote two computer books, and spent a decade as a technical and strategic marketer in the semiconductor industry. He is a Fellow of STC, a former chapter president, and one of the leaders of the Touchstone technical communication competition. He is a charter member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core and has been the Review Editor of IEEE Micro for nearly 30 years.

Richard’s presentation is in part inspired by his recent work on documentation projects ranging from a website generated from Markdown files maintained in Git to a website generated from DITA files maintained in Perforce.


The February 2016 meeting will be in the Salesforce office in Rincon Center complex bounded by Mission, Howard, Spear, and Steuart Streets.

For directions and to register for the meeting, go to

Chapter News for February 2016

- The Most Important Election is Here
- Price Reduction for Monthly Meeting Tickets  
- President's News and Notes, by Leah Scampoli

Be sure the check out the latest new from the chapter at

You can always check for recent posts and register for monthly meetings at


Sr. level technical writer needed in Foster City Essential Duties and Job Functions: - Assist in developing and updating procedural documents such as SOPs, works instructions and best practices guidelines for the Biometrics department in-line with regulatory requirements and Gilead internal document standards. - Contribute to other non-regulatory writing activities as required. - Work directly with Subject Matter Experts to update and/or develop new SOPs and procedures. - Work collaboratively with functional contributors (clinical, biometrics, safety team, regulatory compliance, etc.) to gather and incorporate review comments on new procedural documents. - Work independently with minimal direction from Manager in Biometrics Standards group. - Participate in both group and moderately complex Company-wide process improvement and development initiatives. - Help develop Biometrics department change communication emails, and training materials. QUALIFICATIONS: Specific pharmaceutical: - Typically requires a BA degree and minimum 10 years of relevant experience within clinical R&D or regulatory affairs such as pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, which includes 5 years of relevant experience in writing procedural documents. General scientific: - Typically requires a BA degree and minimum 10 years of relevant experience or a MS degree and minimum of 8 years of relevant experience or a PhD, MD or DVM degree and minimum 4 years of relevant experience. - Demonstrated success in the preparation of various process documents. - Highly developed and proven process development writing skills. - Excellent verbal communication skills. - Knowledgeable of regulatory document requirements/guidelines. - Understands moderately complex document management, authoring and publishing tools and their applicability for workflow efficiency. - Well-developed computer skills including proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. - Use of project management tools and graphics packages also desirable. CONTACT INFORMATION: Nathan Warstler ACS Group | 2410 Camino Ramon Suite 139 | San Ramon, CA 94583 Direct 925-400-6744 | Mobile 217-474-1661
Last replied by Leah Scampoli on Thursday, 13 November 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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