Saturday, October 06, 2007
STC UK launches new website: It was about five years ago that the penny dropped. Until then, I'd always considered myself part of the tribe known as technical translators, as a translation professional. But as I was sitting on the 192 bus one fine morning, I realised that I am actually part of a much broader collective, that I am actually a technical communicator. Much of my work involves discussing workflows with clients, workflows not just for translation of their manuals, websites or help systems, but workflows that are fully end-to-end. That's where the technical communicator bit comes in; I need to understand the work not just of technical translators, but also of writers, technical authors, information architects, and managers overseeing publishing budgets across a range of languages. That realisation led to me making various changes in my professional life, one of them being to join the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Over the past few years, I've attended various STC conferences in Europe and the USA, presented papers at STC conferences in London, Munich and Seattle, learned a lot, and met a whole bunch of bright, fun people. I've got a lot out of it, and this year, I'm putting a bit back in, giving up a bit of my free time to fill the role of President of the UK Chapter of the STC. Here again, I'm fortunate to work alongside a great team of people (the management team of STC UK - unsung heroes who give up their free time to put on training events for the tech authoring and technical communication communities). One of the things that we've decided to do differently this year in STC UK is to change the way we communicate with our members, and we've started with the STC UK website. Today, the new STC UK website went live at www.stcuk.org, and you can find details of forthcoming technical documentation conferences, events, seminars and workshops there. And to those who have been involved in launching the new STC UK website (and they know who they are), a very big "thank you", and a very big "well done".