This is the North England meetup of Write the Docs (http://www.writethedocs.org/). We're all about having social meetups for technical writers, developers, testers, writers of all sorts, and anyone who is interested in learning more about documentation.
Social meetups will usually have a suggested topic for discussion to provide some structure, and may start with a (brief, informal) presentation on the topic. If we do a workshop, it will be a collaborative learning session.
We currently run meetups in Manchester. We have run events in Leeds and Bradford in the past. We'd love to hear from people interested in organising meetups elsewhere!
We have created a North England group, rather than a city-specific group, in order to split the organisational burden. We recognise there aren't huge numbers of writers in any city in northern England, and hope that this way we can have an active group that serves a wide area.
Lorna Jane will give a talk on READMEs.
Having a good README file in every GitHub project is a key ingredient of good developer experience, but what makes a good README? This talk looks at the various types of projects you might want to create a README for, and offers examples of good README practice in each case. Making sure the purpose and status of the project is key, and directing users to your (beautiful and actively maintained) main documentation is definitely part of the deal. But we can do more to engage and inform developers that reach our projects this way, and this session will show you how. Recommended for everyone who wants to make the projects we create a welcoming place for users, however they find us.
There will then be time to work on a README for one of your projects. We will also bring some READMEs to work on if you don't have your own. The sample projects will be on GitHub.
The Victoria Hotel is a pub in the centre of Leeds. We have reserved a room, so there will be quiet, and space to work.
Bring a laptop. If you want to work on one of our sample projects, you will need a GitHub account.
In this talk, Dee Vincent-Day will introduce you to metadata. It is more than a few tags on a page, it is the basis of many businesses and it is all around you. Dee will explain what metadata is and the purpose of it. Thinking and talking about practical applications of metadata and how business is using it to improve customer experience.
Please note the slightly later start time of 6:30pm.