Past Meetup

Format the Docs - comparing popular documentation formats

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30 people went


What documentation format should you use? Markdown, RST, DITA, Docbook, AsciiDoc, all have communities and toolchains dedicated to them. So how do you choose? What are their respective advantages and disadvantages?

19h00 - 19h30: networking

19h30 - 20h00: Peter Desjardins ( ) Lead Technical Writer at Toast will join the event for a remote talk about DocBook.

20h00 - 20h10: Q&A

20h10 - 20h40: Bridget Rooney ( ) Technical Author at Arts Alliance Media will give us a talk on DITA.

20h40 - 20h50: Q&A

20h50 - 21h20: Richard Stamp, Head of Technical Communication - Digital Transformation for Corporates, HSBC

'For any professional author, Word should be the ultimate power tool. It's universally available, feature-rich, and massively configurable. Yet its home-user image and intractable file format seemingly exclude it from the toolchain. Does it have to be that way? I'll share my 15 years' experience using Word to edit a variety of unexpected formats, starting with corporate memos and culminating in a 100,000-word manual authored in Word and DITA.'

21h20 - 21h30: Q&A

21h30 - 22h00: networking