Wiki-fy your doc set – slides available

My presentation at the Austin STC community meeting went well last night with nearly 40 attendees and even a pair of writers from San Antonio. I really appreciate the warm welcome everyone gave me.


I used Google Presentations at to create the slides. I’d say it worked really well plus I could print handouts. And, I can offer a link to the presentation after the meeting – slides for A Technical Writer’s Role in Web 2.0 – Wiki-fy your Doc Set.

Lessons learned

  • If your Windows-based laptop doesn’t display on the projector right away when you press Fn + F8, you have to bump the resolution down by right-clicking on your Desktop, choose Properties, then the Settings tab, and then slide the Screen resolution slider over. In my case, I had to go to 800×600. The problem with that resolution was that I had designed my slides for at least 1280×1024. So many times, the content at the bottom of the slide was cut off.
  • Try to remember to hand out the handouts you printed before the talk.

If you couldn’t make it to last night’s meeting but would like to attend the talk, I plan to give it again to the Central Texas DITA User’s Group in 2008 and will likely also give it to the San Antonio STC chapter in either January or February.

Please, feel free to comment if you have any follow up questions from last night’s session. Thanks so much for interacting so well.


  • November 8, 2007 - 3:04 am | Permalink

    That’s a really good use of Google Docs. Thanks for making those slides available.

  • November 8, 2007 - 7:42 am | Permalink


    Sorry I missed your presentation and that we didn’t find much time to chat. Business kept me away most of the event. But, I spotted your slides online today from the STC event and plan to blog about them.

    I really think our profession is at the beginning of a major shift that will provide opportunities (of differing kinds) to each of us. Whether we take advantage of these opportunities is up to each of us. But, as you are aware, the world is changing. User expectations are changing (rapidly). It’s up to us to keep up with these changes.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about new and exciting tools and technologies. And, thanks for mentioning my presentation. I have indeed given it many times this past year (and have a few more scheduled in future weeks), but I have never given it in such a short time frame. 45 minutes is a short time to communicate so much info. Frankly, the presentation topics — each of them — could easily make their own 45 minute presentations.

    Of course, while I feel badly about cramming so much into such a short time frame (I’d much prefer to spend time helping everyone understand each concept), several attendees came up to me afterward and expressed their satisfaction with the approach saying now they have a better idea what all these terms mean and how they might be used to help technical communicators do their jobs better. And, that’s why I do these presentations to begin with. I just want to help tech comm pros better understand the technology landscape and the opportunities available to them.

    I hope you gained some useful information as well.

    Scott Abel
    The Content Wrangler

  • November 8, 2007 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    Alistair – great, glad they were useful! Thanks to Scott’s talk I’ll probably also post them to, if the technology works with Google Presentations. I’ll report back if it works.

    Scott – your talk contains the sort of inspiration and perspiration mix that I really enjoy – inspiring me with ideas, but also kicking my butt to continually work on analyzing social media technology with our end-users learning needs in mind. These are exciting times to be a writer and an excellent time to be a very fast learner. 😉

    I was so glad I could attend in Austin, Texas, and still pick my kids up from preschool. Thanks go out to Alan Porter at Quadralay for giving me the opportunity.

  • Melissa Burpo
    November 8, 2007 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the slides Anne. The Wiki Best Practices, in particular, will definitely come in handy.

  • November 11, 2007 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this useful presentation.

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