TechComm Today
Dec. 5, 2012

Registration for the 2013 STC Summit is now open
STC
The 2013 Summit takes place from 5-8 May in Atlanta, and is the place to be for technical communicators as STC celebrates its 60th year! That's right, 2013 is STC's diamond anniversary, and the Summit will be a great way to celebrate. Join your colleagues from around the world for education, networking, and a celebration of all things techcomm. And join Keynote Speaker David Pogue as well! Right now STC members can register at the Really Early Bird rate of $825, but that rate is only good through 31 December so hurry. Make sure you're at the best techcomm event of 2013 at the best rate possible!More

Get the best rate for STC's Classic membership
STC
There's only a little over a month left to get the best rate for STC's Classic membership! If you join or renew by 31 December, you get the discounted rate of $195 for a Classic membership; add a Chapter and SIG, and that's only $230. And now, if you join or renew by 14 December, you'll be entered to win a free registration for the 2013 Summit. You must join or renew by 11:59 PM EST (GMT-5) on 14 December to be eligible. The winner receives Summit registration only; travel, accommodations, and other costs are not included. Don't forget about our Member-Get-a-Member campaign, either! Get $25 for every member you refer to STC, up to the entire cost of a Classic membership!More

Welcome to the new world of development
CITEworld
IT consumerization is affecting much more than application design and device delivery, moving into the world of development and bespoke application design. While we've always had end-users building applications in tools like Access and Excel, a new generation of languages and development tools has changed the way applications are built — substituting scripting languages for C++, cloud services and public data sources for line-of-business systems and Web-based visual development environments for the command line. It's a democratization of development.More

Renew/join for a chance to win a free registration for the 2013 Summit
STC
There's only a little over a month left to get the best rate for STC's Classic membership! If you join or renew by 31 December, you get the discounted rate of $195 for a Classic membership; add a Chapter and SIG, and that's only $230. And now, if you join or renew by 14 December, you'll be entered to win a free registration for the 2013 Summit. You must join or renew by 11:59 PM EST (GMT-5) on 14 December to be eligible. The winner receives Summit registration only; travel, accommodations, and other costs are not included.More

A study of symmetry: When, where, and why to use it
Design Festival
Finding the proper balance in your designs is an essential part of building quality visual communication. When your design is out of balance, your message gets lost in the confusion. Key elements such as proportion and hierarchy suffer, causing the design to lose its impact. Symmetry is a key factor to having proper balance in your designs. When, where and why should you use it, and when should you abandon it altogether?More

2 STC certificate courses in January
STC
STC is introducing a brand-new certificate course in January, plus bringing back one of our most popular courses as well! Members have asked us for more in the area of usability, so we're pleased to offer Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Carol Barnum every Tuesday from 8 January through 26 February, from 10:30 AM-Noon EST (GMT-5). Also on tap is the popular TechComm Manager, presented by Saul Carliner, every Thursday from 10 January through 14 February, also 10:30 AM-Noon EST (GMT-5). If you're looking to step up into a management role, this course is for you! And don't forget to check out STC's schedule of live Web seminars in December, too!More

Understanding and using responsive typography in Web design
DesignModo
Responsive Web design is a well-known concept that was introduced 4-5 years ago to the masses. Since then, everybody talks about it. Website owners without a responsive layout look on how to change that. RWD is important because the Internet today is mobile, not static. The content is the most important element of a website. While people focus a lot on responsive grids and responsive images, they often forget the importance of typography.More

A beginner's guide to content strategy for the Web: 10 things you need to know
Business 2 Community
Content strategy is a relatively new niche discipline in the digital space. It shares common ground with user experience, interface design, Web development, SEO, content marketing, public relations and traditional "offline" marketing. This article highlights some of the leading concepts of content strategy, how it fits in with its neighboring disciplines, and shares some practical guidelines that anyone in the digital space should consider before embarking on their own content strategy.More

Dev disasters — Why they happen, how to overcome them
Visual Studio
We've all had them — that moment when something you've done causes your head to forcefully meet your hand in horror. Or maybe the facepalm was brought on by someone else's incomprehensible screw-up. Whatever the reason, mistakes are something everyone makes. What separates the everyday developer from the truly outstanding one is not the mistake — it's what's learned from the mistake and whether those lessons are applied to future projects. More

Save $50 on your Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ fees
STC
Earning the Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ credential distinguishes you from your peers and shows current and prospective employers that you have the most up-to-date skills and knowledge in the technical communications field. Submit your evaluation packet by 28 December 2012 and you can save $50 off your assessment fee! You must submit your packet for evaluation by noon on 28 December 2012, to receive the discount. See the link below for full details on why you should certify and the certification process.More

6 free mobile device emulators for testing your site
Webdesigner Depot
The percentage of all Web usage that comes from smartphones and other mobile devices is growing, and it won't be long before mobile Internet users overtake desktop and laptop users in terms of Web traffic. So it's a cardinal sin to ignore mobile users when you're developing a website. One of the most important things you can do to make a website mobile-friendly is to test it on multiple smartphone and tablet platforms. Luckily, mobile emulators make it easy to do this.More

6 ways to keep your mobile users engaged
iMediaConnection
So you've built a beautiful mobile application that is blazing fast and sports an incredibly impressive UI. Now the app downloads should come rolling in, right? Creating your mobile app is the easy part of the process. Actually keeping your users engaged and willing to open your app again and again is the big challenge.More

85+ new WordPress themes to inspire you
Webdesigner Depot
Whether you're a WordPress theme creator or just a consumer, it's important to stay abreast of what's going on in the wild world of WP theme development. One of the best ways to do just that is to follow trends in new theme designs from some of the leading theme designers out there. Checking out both free and premium themes is invaluable. If you follow both long enough, you may start to notice that features that were once only available in premium themes start showing up in free themes after a few months.More

Living apart together: Decoupling code and framework
PHP Master
Most code written today at a professional level is dependent upon some framework in one way or another. This is a good thing as it means developers are aware they're not alone in the world and are reusing the work of others to save loads of time in the long run. But exactly how dependent is your code?More

Working with HTML5 forms
Technosailor.com
A lot of Web developers are not leveraging HTML5 for a variety of reasons. We have been so trained over the past decade to embrace XHTML 1.0 that we've avoided the new DOCTYPE as something new that needs to be learned. The good news is, XHTML is still valid in HTML5. The better news is now you have much more fun toys to play with.More