Andi Dunn 
STC Chicago 


Tuesday January 18, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM CST

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Maya del Sol
144 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 358-9800


An Introduction to Smartphone Application Development for Technical Communicators 

Help your mobile team improve your apps by understanding the basics of mobile application creation. Our January meeting will cover development for iPhone/iPad and Android but concepts can be generalized to other mobile platforms. The topics are  technical in nature but do not require any experience with programming.

We will explore two hot topics in mobile development: user interface text and content delivery. When writing for the user interface, the reduced screen real estate of mobile devices puts a great weight on the words and phrases appearing in the apps. The first word to mind is rarely the best word. Usability techniques can help you choose the perfect word for every situation and make your app that much easier to use. By understanding how application creation is done, you can do much of the design work on your own without the need for programming resources.

For training and user assistance content, providing your content as a web-based deliverable inside of an application has several advantages over embedding it in code. One is that there is no need for your content to go through an app review process. Two, you can update the content at any time without affecting installed apps. And last, you can do all of your work without the need for programming resources. We will look at some of the differences in web content delivery for different mobile platforms.

About the Speaker

Joe Welinske is the president of WritersUA, a company devoted to providing training and information for user assistance professionals. Joe has been involved with software documentation development since 1984. Together with Scott Boggan and David Farkas, Joe authored two editions of the popular and pioneering book Developing Online Help for Windows. He has also taught online Help courses at the University of Washington, UC Santa Cruz, and Bellevue Community College. Joe was the President of STC Puget Sound Chapter from 2006-2008. He is currently Membership Director for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association.

About the Meeting

Advanced registration price: $20 members/$40 non-members. At the door: $30 members/$50 non-members.

Appetizers, soft drinks, plus chips and salsa are included in the price of registration. A wide range of drinks are available for individual purchase.

Valet parking is available for $5.00. Street parking is available on Oak Park Ave. and South Blvd. A parking garage is located nearby, on North Blvd., just east of Oak Park Ave.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for registration and networking. Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. Presentation will run from 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m., followed by announcements.