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February 2007 event
2006-2007 Competition Awards Celebration & Workshop
See the detailed Event schedule below.
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Registration Deadline Extended to 7 February for Luncheon and to 8 February for WorkshopRegistration is required for this event and
must be made by 9 p.m., Wednesday, 7 February 2007 (for luncheon) and to 9 p.m., Thursday, 8 February 2007 (for workshop).
To register, complete the online Event Registration form.
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2006-2007 Competition Awards Celebration
Technical Publications and Online Communication Competitions
Whether or not you participated in the competition this year, come out and see the winning entries, meet the judges, cheer on the winners, and enjoy a delicious lunch. This is a perfect opportunity not only for networking but for getting your eyes and hands on the state of the art in technical communication. Documentation managers, bring your teams to encourage their competitive spirit. Maybe you'll be encouraged to enter the competition next year!
Keynote Address: "Writing (and Designing) for Diverse Audiences: Content, Culture, and Usability"
Whitney Quesenbery will deliver the keynote address—Two current themes in technical communication are the globalisation of our work and personal lives, and the push to provide universal usability and accessibility. We find ourselves writing and designing for increasingly diverse audiences – people from many different cultures and with many different usability needs. Can one size fit all, and if not, how do you sort out conflicting requirements? We will look at these issues, some of the user research in the field, and some approaches to universal usability that bridge gaps in content, culture, and usability.
Choosing the Right Usability Technique Workshop
Whitney Quesenbery will facilitate the workshop—There are many usability techniques, from heuristic reviews to remote testing. Each has it's own advantages and requirements. Selecting the right techniques is critical to a successful project. That first decision affects the resources and budget needed, and can determine whether you can provide useful and effective information to improve a product. This workshop will review different options for usability evaluations and look at how they can be used most effectively. Whether you are planning your first usability research or your hundredth, this workshop will help you match the right usability technique to your goals, to get the answers you need to improve your products, documentation and websites.
About the Speaker
Whitney Quesenbery is a user researcher, user experience practitioner, and usability expert with a passion for clear communication. She has been in the field since 1989, helping companies from The Open University to the National Cancer Institute develop usable web sites and applications.
She has worked on standards and methodologies more than she cares to admit. She is currently working on a project to develop guidelines for usability test reporting. As chair for a subcommittee on Human Factors and Privacy for the Elections Assistance Commission, she works to improve the usability and accessibility of voting systems. She is also a member of the advisory committee working with the Access Board to update Section 508.
Her most recent publication is a chapter on "Storytelling and Narrative" in a new book on personas, The Personas Lifecycle, by Pruitt and Adlin. She's also proud that one of her articles won an award as a Society for Technical Communication (STC) Outstanding Journal Article, and that her chapter "Dimensions of Usability" in Content and Complexity turns up on so many course reading lists. Her column, "People Matter", appears in UXmatters (https://www.uxmatters.com/).
Whitney has served as President of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), and manager for the STC Usability SIG. She manages a popular usability web site at http://www.stcsig.org/usability. She helped launch World Usability Day on 3 November 2005, bringing together people at over 100 sites around the world to highlight the need to "make it easy".
Before she was seduced by a little beige computer into software, usability, and interface design, Whitney was a theatrical lighting designer on and off Broadway. She has a degree from Bryn Mawr College and attended the National Theatre Institute.
You can find her online at http://www.WQusability.com
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2007
Keynote: "Writing (and Designing) for Diverse Audiences: Content, Culture, and Usability" Speaker: Whitney Quesenbery
For more information about the awards banquet or workshop, please contact the Events Committee Manager.
- Traditional Greek Salad—Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, Sliced Onions with a Red Wine/Oregano Vinaigrette
- Option 1 (Chicken)
- Pesto Seared Chicken Carbonara—A Breast of Chicken Marinated in Basil Pesto and Seared till Golden. Served over Linguini with a Bacon, Egg & Parmesan Cream Sauce
- Option 2 (Fish)
- Potato Crusted Costa Rican Tilapia—Served with Roasted Tomato Orzo with a Smokey Chipotle Remoulade & Seasonal Vegetables
- Option 3 (Vegetarian)
- Four Cheese Ravioli—Served in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce with Tomato Concassé & Fresh Herbs
- Chocolate Pyramid—Rich Chocolate Mousse Enrobed in Dark Chocolate with Whipped Cream
- Freshly Brewed Coffee
Chapter officers may attend the awards ceremony and workshop for free. Please complete the online Event Registration form. so that we know which entrée to order for you.
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