- Understanding Our Audience
This month's theme is 'our audience' - the people who depend on our documentation. What do we really know about them - their requirements, and whether we fulfil them? Do you work closely with your end-users, or wish you did? How has audience feedback influenced the way you write and deliver your documentation? We'd love to hear YOUR experiences, ideas, and opinions, whether it's about understanding audiences, or a different topic. Our Meetups are informal and friendly - the ideal atmosphere for sharing, networking, and learning. So if you feel inspired to give a short presentation or talk, that would be awesome! You're guaranteed an understanding audience! Beers, soft drinks, pizza and light snacks will be available on the night. Please confirm if you plan to attend; and if you can't make it, no problem, just let us know so that we can adjust the catering requirement.
- Content Localization
Join us for our March meetup where we'll talk about localization. Many of us are involved in the localization process as part of our jobs. Some companies plan content localization before starting a project, but sometimes it happens like this: "Once upon a time, there was a startup. The start-up grew and grew, and became an international corporation. Then one day, they decided to make some public resources available to an international audience in their native languages. Content that wasn't written with the intent to translate. Actually, more than a decade worth of English-language content that was not planned to be localized. This is when the fun started..." Learn how the story continues from our speaker, Julia Alexandrova from JetBrains, who will talk about her experiences supporting the company's localization efforts. Do you have a localization-related tale to tell? We've set aside 30 minutes for lightning talks and would love to hear your stories. You can either add a comment here or message one of the hosts directly. See you soon! Agenda: 18.30 Portes ouvertes (réseautage, boissons et pizza) 19:00 Konnichiwa! 19:10 "Localizing existing content: anything but a fairy tale" by Julia Alexandrova ~ 20:00 "Writing for localization" by Monty Majeed ~ 20:10 More lightning talks (SPEAKERS WANTED!) ~ 20:30 Networking, Diskussionen, Pizza, Getränke 21:30 Adios amigos!
- Who Are We and Why Are We Needed?
Dear Documentarians, Let's talk about us! As a diverse community of technical writers, editors, developers and designers, what connects, motivates, frustrates and inspires us? Many of us are relied on to be the official 'voice' behind software products and specialist services, but who controls that voice? How much influence do we REALLY have? And what value do we bring to development and delivery processes? Tonight we want to hear your personal experience of working in technical communication. What part do you play and how valued do you feel? What advice would you give for working closer with teams? And how can we all learn to better appreciate and convey the contribution that each of us makes? Come along and share your thoughts and opinions with a group of like-minded people. No matter what your job title is, or what industry you come from, we all have an opinion about the importance of communication! *Agenda* 18.30 - Doors open: Networking, pizza, and drinks 19:00 - Welcome! 19:05 - David Elliott from SAP presents *Appreciating the Importance of Documentation* 20:00 - Lightning talks (SPEAKERS WANTED!) 20:30 - More networking 21:30 - Time to say 'goodbye'
- UI x UX: the intersection between text and interface design
For our first meetup of 2019, let's talk about text in the UI. This topic is quite vast and usually provokes some heated discussions. How does UI text affect the way a user experiences a product? Who should be responsible for the text in UI? How should the text be written, reviewed, and approved? Is it the sole responsibility of a UX designer or should it instead be given to technical writers? How do you do the text in the UI? We would also like to have a section for lightning talks on this topic. If you have an idea or an opinion about the presentation of text in the UI that you are ready to share in a 5-minute presentation, please contact the group organizers. Agenda: 6:30-7:00 Open doors, networking, snacks, and drinks 7:00-7:10 "Hello everyone! Meet the organizers" 7:10-8:00 "UI x UX: the intersection between text and interface design" by Scott Adams 8:00–8:20 Lightning talks 8:20-9:00 Discussions, networking, snacks, drinks
- Write the Docs: Meet, Greet, Brainstorm, and Network
Hello Documentarians! My name is Kate, I am the organizer for this group, and I invite you to our first meetup. As with all first meetings, the main goal of this one is introductions and getting acquainted. Let's also put our heads together and lay a foundation for meetups to come. Let's discuss possible topics, themes, and formats that interest you most. To summarize, let's do a round of introductions, discussions, and networking. I do realize that it's very close to Christmas day, and probably a lot of you already have plans. However, I still hope that even a small and cosy meetup will help end this year on a high note. And even better, get this group back up and running for 2019. Agenda: 6:30-7:00 Open doors, networking, snacks, and drinks 7:00-7:15 "Hello everyone! Meet the organizer" 7:15-7:45+ Brainstorming for future presentations, themes, and topics 7:45–9:00 More networking, more snacks, more drinks