Some comments and instructions in this page are for audio browsers and users who browse this site with screen readers. If you can see this paragraph and you are not using a text-only or screen reader browser, either the style sheet for screen viewing didn't load (if so, click on "refresh" to reload the style sheet), or you need to use a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards-supporting browser that has full XHTML 1.0 Transitional and Strict and cascading style sheet (CSS) level 2 support.

For additional information, see the Accessibility Design and Features page.

Skip navigation

Washington, DC - Baltimore Chapter Archives

Pull browser window out or in to widen or shorten center column line length.

The following is the main content for the page. 


February 2007 event

2006-2007 Competition Awards Celebration & Workshop

Event Summary

Saturday, 10 February 2007
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
See the detailed Event schedule below.
Directions are provided below.
to be announced'; */ /* echo 'Hyatt Regency Bethesda'; */ echo 'Embassy Suites Hotel Washington, DC – Convention Center'; ?>
Fees are listed below.

Registration Deadline Extended to 7 February for Luncheon and to 8 February for Workshop

Registration 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.

Share the Awards Banquet Flyer (115.3 K PDF) with family and co-workers.

Don't forget your business cards for networking!

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.

Return to the top Return to the top

About the Speaker

photo of Whitney Quesenbery 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(

Whitney has served as President of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), and manager for the STC Usability SIG. She managed a popular usability web site at', which now redirects to bogus site.; */ ?>, a former UUX SIG of the Society for Technical Communication.  Revised. 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

Return to the top Return to the top

Event Schedule

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2007



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop registration and display of winning entries
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: "Choosing the Right Usability Technique" Facilitator: Whitney Quesenbery
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Banquet registration and display of winning entries
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, Introductions,
Keynote: "Writing (and Designing) for Diverse Audiences: Content, Culture, and Usability" Speaker: Whitney Quesenbery
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony

For more information about the awards banquet or workshop, please contact the Events Committee Manager.


Return to the top Return to the top



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
Decaffeinated Coffee

Return to the top Return to the top


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.

Choose one of the following two fee structures.

1. Attendance at either the Awards Ceremony Luncheon OR the Workshop:
Judges, entrants, students, Competition Committee members, and event volunteers  **
STC Members
2. Combo: Attendance at the Awards Ceremony Luncheon AND the Workshop
(a savings of $20-$60):
Judges, entrants, students, Competition Committee members, and event volunteers  **
STC Members
**Please contact the Events Committee Manager if you are interested in volunteering for this event to confirm your volunteer role. Only confirmed volunteers are eligible for the event volunteer rate.


photo of the Embassy Suites - Convention Center Hotel

to be announced'; */ /* echo 'Hyatt Regency Bethesda'; */ echo 'Embassy Suites Hotel Washington, DC – Convention Center'; ?>
address to be provided'; */ echo '900 10th Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
Telephone: 202-739-2001
(Map and directions to the Awards Celebration hotel in Washington, D.C.)'; ?>

Map and directions to the to be announced'; */ /* echo 'Hyatt Regency Bethesda'; */ echo 'Embassy Suites Hotel Washington, DC – Convention Center'; ?> in Washington, D.C.

Return to the past calendar 2006-2007 Events

Last modified Sunday, 25-Feb-2024

flubbing flounders