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Interview with Author Experience author, Rick Yagodich

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In a new interview at contentful.com, Rick Yagodich, author of Author Experience, discusses the importance of making sure content management software and practices provide an environment for authors that maximizes their effectiveness and efficiency.

In the article, Yagodich says, “The most valuable assets within any company are its people, its proprietary processes, its ways of doing things. These constitute the company’s competitive advantage. Any software needs to support these assets, not overrule them. The CMS needs to be pliable; to adapt to the content authors’ needs.

Instead, most editorial teams today are stuck with publishing tools that look downright alien, their functionality driven by the logic of technical development.”

Among other topics, Yagodich discusses Markdown vs. WYSIWYG, structured writing (and why authors dislike structured writing), content management systems (and why authors dislike them), and the role of mobile in content creation.

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2016 TechComm Benchmarking Survey

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The Content Wrangler is conducting research to determine how large organizations create and manage technical communication content and deliver it to those who need it. This survey is designed to identify the biggest challenges in our industry, the types of techniques, tools, and standards we use, and what we plan to do to improve our offerings in the future.

The survey contains several question types (multiple choice, short comment, etc.) and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Everyone who completes the survey will receive a free summary of the research findings (via email shortly after the findings are published) and will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Bluesmart connected travel bag.

Click here for the survey

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Every Page is Page One on CMI Holiday Gift List

Mark Baker’s Every Page is Page One has been named one of 17+ Books to Give Your Favorite Content Marketer this Season in a Content Marketing Institute article written by Roger C. Parker.

According to Parker, “Mark Baker addresses how the Internet has changed the way people seek information and what it means for content creators. [His book] provides a working vocabulary for understanding the differences between writing a book and writing for the web.”

Every Page is Page One is available in both print and ebook form from retailers worldwide.

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A Practical Guide to XLIFF 2.0

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A Practical Guide to XLIFF 2.0 introduces the OASIS XLIFF standard. Companies use XLIFF to standardize the exchange of source and localized content with localization and translation vendors.

You will learn how to get the most from the XLIFF standard, use best practices in your translation workflow, extend XLIFF, and use the XLIFF modules.

This book is for localization coordinators, technical writers, content management system vendors, localization service providers, and consultants who want to incorporate XLIFF into their customers’ publishing workflow.

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MadWorld Conference — April 10-12, 2016

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XML Press is pleased to be a sponsor for the MadWorld Technical Communication and Content Strategy Conference, which will return to San Diego, April 10-12, 2016

Returning for its fourth year, the MadWorld 2016 technical communication and content strategy conference will take place on the shores of Mission Bay in beautiful San Diego, California.

The conference features 40 information-packed sessions presented over two full days of learning. Speakers and panelists have been hand-selected by our conference committee, bringing together a diverse consortium of professionals, consultants and industry experts to share their knowledge and best practices. Case study sessions include presentations from organizations such as eBay Enterprises, Blackbaud and Bomgar to name a few. An optional third day includes an Advanced Training Workshop with extended two-hour long sessions.

Attendees can save up to $400 on the conference and workshop when you register by October 30; An additional $200 can be saved when you register by January 15, 2016.

Conference website: http://www.madworldconference.com

Conference dates: April 10-12, 2016; Advanced Training Workshop, April 13, 2016

Conference location: San Diego, California

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Intelligent Content: A Primer — UPDATE

Today, everything is marketing. All of the content we produce affects the customer experience. Therefore, all content is marketing and all content producers are marketers.

Intelligent Content: A Primer shows you why you should know about intelligent content, opens the door to new ways of thinking about your content, and gets you started down […]

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Back-to-School Sale on eBooks

All XML Press ebooks are on sale through September 18 at the XML Press eBook Store. Save 50% on all ebooks and 60% on any order greater than $100.

Use the discount code B2S5 or the link above, which includes the discount code.

The sale also includes titles from O’Reilly, Wiley, A Book Apart, Rosenfeld, […]

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Information Development World 2015

This year’s Information Development World offers keynote talks from Brandon Schauer and Lisa Welchman, and featured presentations from George Gopen, Robert Glushko, Robert Rose, and Carmen Simon.

There will be six parallel tracks, covering DITA, Medical Devices, Content, Language and Culture, Content Engineering, and Content Marketing.

Current and future XML Press authors Scott Abel, […]

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MadCap Flare for Programmers

MadCap Flare for Programmers: A guide to getting the most from Flare shows how MadCap Flare manages and parses content and how you can interact with Flare outside the user interface. It introduces the structure of Flare content files and Flare output files, such as HTML5 help, and shows how you can manipulate those […]

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Kevin P Nichols Discusses Performance Driven Content & Content Strategy

XML Press author Kevin P. Nichols is producing a series of videos on content strategy. The current video in the series, Performance-driven Content and Content Strategy, discusses the importance of performance-driven content for content marketing and content strategy.

Kevin is the author of Enterprise Content Strategy: A Project Guide. The video uses images from the […]