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MindTouch Top 25 Content Strategist Influencers for 2016

MindTouch just published its list of Top 25 Content Strategist Influencers for 2016, and the names include eight XML Press authors, including Ann Rockley, who was named an Unparalleled Content Strategist Influencer, and XML Press authors Sharon Burton, Rahel Anne Bailie, JoAnn Hackos, Kevin Nichols, Alan J. Porter, Val Swisher, and Noz Urbina, who were named Leading Content Strategist Influencers.

In addition to their Top-25 list, MindTouch also created a list of Top 200 Recognized Content Strategists, which includes XML Press authors Scott Abel, Ray Gallon, Anne Gentle, Richard Hamilton, and Sarah Maddox.

Congratulations to everyone who earned a place on these lists.

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Orange County California STC Chapter Meeting

Next Tuesday, October 18, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, I will be presenting a talk on XML at the Orange County STC Chapter Meeting at the Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport.

The talk will cover topics ranging from basic XML syntax and structure to XML schemas for technical communicators. There will be plenty of time for questions, and I’ll be bringing copies of XML Press books to give away as door prizes.

For more information and to sign up for the event, go to the OC STC announcement, which has all of the details.

Richard Hamilton

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Technical Writing Tools

If you wonder what tools are being used by technical communication experts, check out Technical Writing Tools: The Ultimate Expert Choice. The author, Ferry Vermeulen, has collected the favorite tools of more than 70 industry experts, including XML Press authors Rahel Bailie, Noz Urbina, and Richard Hamilton.

The article includes a summary of the most frequently cited tools, a list topped by MadCap Flare, DITA, and Oxygen. Well worth checking out, and the author invites you to add your choices in the comments.

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LavaCon 2016 in Las Vegas


The LavaCon conference will be held in Las Vegas, at the Golden Nugget Hotel, October 25-28, 2016.

In addition to bringing together the top names in content strategy and tech comm management, LavaCon is known for top-quality presentations and second-to-none hospitality. And this year, if you can’t attend in person, you can attend virtually.

XML Press authors Scott Abel, Sharon Burton, Richard Hamilton, and Alan Porter will be speaking at the conference.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to

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XML Press Author Peter Lavin to Speak At PHP Northeast 2016

Peter Lavin, author of the forthcoming book, HTML to Flare with Dynamic Content, will be speaking at PHP Northeast 2016, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, August 4-5, 2016.

His talk is titled, “Querying and Manipulating HTML using PHP.” For more information, go to:

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The Language of Technical Communication

The Language of Technical Communication is the latest volume in The Content Wrangler Content Strategy Book Series.

As with the previous book in this series, The Language of Content Strategy, this book contains definitions of terms that practitioners need to know. The terms are divided into five categories: Core Concepts, Technical Concepts, Standards and […]

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STC Summit eBook Discount Extended to June 5th

From now through June 5, 2016, all XML Press eBooks are on sale at the XML Press eBookstore at O’Reilly Media for 40% off. Use the discount code: summit16 or the following, discount-included link: XML Press eBooks 40% off

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LavaCon 2016 Dublin

The LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm Management will be held in Dublin, Ireland, June 5-8, 2016. The conference features several XML Press authors:

Rahel Anne Bailie: Ambassadors for the United Nations of Content: Advocacy and Negotiation, and Strategist, Consultant, Trusted Advisor: Which Are You and Why Does it Matter? Charles Cooper: Virtual Reality […]

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Business Matters reviewed by STC Technical Communication

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) journal, Technical Communication, has published a review of Bette Frick’s Business Matters: A Freelancer’s Guide to Business Success in Any Economy.

From the review, written by Kristin Kirkham-Broadhead, “Frick writes in a refreshing tone with her blatant honesty, showcasing the roller coaster of emotions you deal with in […]

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Review of Intelligent Content: A Primer

Lisa Park of Extractable has just posted a review of Intelligent Content: A Primer.

From the review: “Intelligent Content: A Primer, goes into quite a bit of detail—and includes a fair amount of research—to explain how you’ll benefit from this type of content. It includes three brief case studies, highlighting an investment bank, medical device […]