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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


Thursday, 10 April 2014 by Leah Scampoli


Relying too heavily on inline links and other unstructured reuse make it difficult to deliver existing content in new ways, which is the promise of DITA. If you want to use snippets of content in glossary pop-ups, code completion tools, or make it available to downstream processes of any kind, you must have a strategy for reuse of small content units. Learn how we stopped relying on inline links as a core architectural structure for a large help set, and started carving up large files into smaller units.

Note: Mysti has spoken about letting go of inline links in the past. Inline links are a very small part of this wider talk on going from XML to truly structured content.


Mysti Berry was a Principal Content Strategist for for two years, and has returned to her roots as a technical writer as of April 2014. She has written enterprise software documentation for twenty years for companies as diverse as Sybase, Twentieth Century Fox, and She's presented at several national conferences. Mysti holds a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Mysti lives in San Francisco.

The meeting will be held at Hub SoMa at 901 Mission St, Ste 105, between 5th and 6th Streets. See:


Instructors needed for Technical and Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University The Technical and Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University seeks lecturers for each of the three courses: - TPW 400: Fundamentals of Technical & Professional Writing - TPW 470: Writing Professional Promotions - TPW 555: Visual Rhetoric & Document Design Openings are for spring semester 2014 only, but repeat employment is a possibility. For links to full job postings, as well as more information about the benefits of working for SF State's TPW program, see: For questions, contact Neil Lindeman at
Last replied by Monica Hacopian on Thursday, 14 November 2013
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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