TechComm Today
Dec. 18, 2013

UX designer or developer: Who will be king in 2014?
The Next Web
In 2010, many people thought Redmonk's Stephen O’Grady was spot on when he proclaimed "Developers are the new Kingmakers" in an article that later became a successful book. UX designers stole back their crown in 2011. Will 2014 see the developers strike back and reclaim the throne?More

Think immersive landing pages are only for the big guns?
Head of Web development Alan Rowe has been doing a lot of thinking about immersive landing pages. They're popular amongst big companies like Google and Apple, but that doesn't mean smaller firms can't take a slice of the immersive pie.More

Defining and understanding adaptive content
We're more than 20 years into the Web revolution, so maybe it's about time we started treating content as flexible, reusable bits of data rather inflexible words and images on pages. Adaptive content may just be the future of content management, but there is still no widespread agreement on what it should look like or how it is to be implemented.More

Registration for the 2014 Summit is now open
Registration for the 2014 Technical Communication Summit, taking place 18-21 May in Phoenix, AZ, is now open! The Really Early Bird rate (available only to STC members) is just $835, but you must register by 15 January to get that rate. After that, the rate goes up $140. (Nonmembers can register through 31 March for $1,235, or join STC and save.) The Technical Communication Summit is the place for continuing tech comm education, plus networking with the top minds in the field. Your registration includes access to over 80 educational sessions, multiple networking events, and the all-important Summit@aClick, recordings of almost all sessions (available after the conference). Click below for more information, to register, and even for help in asking your company to provide funding.More

Reminder: STC memberships expire 31 December
Take this opportunity to continue your membership with STC for 2014! All STC memberships are on a calendar-year basis (not anniversary) and expire 31 December. Renew now and make sure you don’t miss a day with STC. Visit to join or renew. Those who have already joined or renewed, thank you! Don’t forget that you can update your records at any point throughout the year. Click below and log in, then browse through the tabs to change your contact information, update your communication preferences, and even add a chapter or Special Interest Group!More

Call for entries for the 2014 International Summit Awards
The Society for Technical Communication’s International Summit Awards (ISA) competition is accepting chapter or regional entries through 31 January 2014. To qualify, the entry must have been produced or substantially revised within 24 months prior to 1 September 2013 and won an Award of Excellence or Distinguished Technical Communication Award at a local or regional STC competition in 2013–14. All STC ISA entries must be submitted using the online submission form. More

Two sessions of TechComm 101 online course begin 9 January
TechComm 101, STC's most popular online course, is back, starting 9 January and running every Thursday through 20 February, with two sessions available. Attend from 10:30 AM-Noon EST (GMT-5), or take it at a time better suited for a global audience, from 7:00-8:30 AM GMT (that's 2:00-3:30 AM EST (GMT-5)). Leah Guren presents TechComm 101, a seven-week course designed for the beginning technical communicator to jump-start your career. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. More

It's a TechComm holiday
Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for that special technical communicator in your life? STC has a couple ideas! For a stocking stuffer, how about one of our recorded Web seminars? With almost 100 recordings available ($19 for members, $59 for nonmembers), there's something for everyone. And STC's monthly magazine Intercom is now available in a print subscription for nonmembers, with online access included. Visit for more details on subscribing, and click below to purchase a recorded webinar.More

Easy-add native into HTML5 mobile
Dr. Dobb's
Calgary-based BridgeIt recently released its 1.0 version of its software application as a means of adding native capabilities to HTML5 mobile applications. A "simple" JavaScript API gives developers access to native features like the camera, microphone, address book, etc. Other "addable" features include the option to build in augmented reality or QR code scanning to any HTML5 application.More

Meteor aims to make JavaScript programming fun again
Meteor is billed as an open source JavaScript platform for quickly building Web apps. Launched in 2012, Meteor has quickly become popular with developers, but it vies for the hearts and minds of software builders against other JavaScript frameworks, such as Angular.js, Ember.js and Backbone.js. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently interviewed Matt DeBergalis of Meteor Development Group, who co-authored Meteor along with Geoff Schmidt and Nick Martin, about the project and its uniqueness.More

Gizmox HTML5 for Visual Studio using C#
Dr. Dobb's
HTML5 development tools company Gizmox has released its Visual WebGui Version 7 with a new mobile feature set, a code assessment tool for analyzing legacy desktop apps, and integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. This tool is intended for Visual Studio developers creating HTML5 apps using only C# and visual designers. More

Gaming companies' websites: What we can learn from their designs
We already know they have created some pretty awesome games, but how have some of the most popular video game creators designed their own websites? According to the Cambridge, England-based Web design house Doublespark, the following types of design elements can make or break a gaming company's website — and spell the difference between an effective site that increases customer awareness and sale or one that sends them clicking away in droves.More

Designing traditional websites vs. inbound marketing websites
Business 2 Community
The biggest difference between traditional websites vs. inbound websites is that the latter are much more focused on the content, leading the user to action, and getting results. In short, the idea is that your visitors will be driven to eat up all the great content your site provides, turn into leads, and ultimately convert into loyal customers. The main denominator of this idea is content.More

iOS 7.1 beta gets developers talking on Twitter
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple offered developers a sneak peek at something they seem truly grateful for, based on Twitter comments: the beta version of iOS 7.1. Though most of the changes were relatively minor, they included an option to upload "burst mode photos" to Photo Stream for iPhone 5s users. More

Death of the desktop
Design News
Mobile browsing is set to overtake traditional desktop browsing in 2015. The smartphone revolution is changing how consumers use the Internet. This is slowly leading to the death of the desktop. What does this mean for the design world?More

HTML5 form validation
A few months ago Sandeep introduced us to the HTML Constraint API, showing how we can use the new HTML5 input types and attributes to validate our forms in the browser with minimal JavaScript. This article will walk you through validating a simple booking form by using the Constraint API, and keep an eye on how you can make sure your forms stays accessible, too.More

Bisson: How I'd build a large-scale Web app today versus how I did it 10 years ago
"Ten years ago I was working as a consulting systems architect, building large-scale Web systems that were used by businesses and governments," Simon Bisson writes. "They were complex constructions, but at heart very simple: a set of data sources, some business logic, and a Web front end. There'd be several high powered servers, a chunk of storage, a set of security appliances, and a bunch of high-end networking devices. It was all enough to fill a cabinet in a data center somewhere on the outskirts of a city .... But that was then, and this is now."More