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In cooperation with tekom, the German professional association for technical communication and information development

· Adding value through glossaries

· Basics of HTML5: Mobile, multilingual and multimedia-enabled

· Content Intelligence for Content Management Systems

· Technical communication in Korea: The challenge of gaining industry awareness

tcworld newsletter December 2012
Dear readers,

2012 is almost over and tekom and tcworld look back at a very successful year. This year, the tekom Annual and tcworld conference witnessed a ten-percent increase of conference participants and visitors. This trend reflects the fact that technical communication is a thriving industry with a promising future.

During the year tekom expanded its network of international partner organizations and further increased its global activities. For the first time in its history, tekom delegates travelled to China to actively discuss standardization and education issues at the International Symposium on Developing Standards for Instructions for Use of Products of Consumer Interest.

The tcworld India and tcworld Japan conferences strengthened the bond between tekom and its other Asian partners and allowed for a highly requested exchange of knowledge and expertise between technical communicators from diverse cultural backgrounds. Both conferences will be repeated in 2013 and participants can expect high-quality presentations and productive discussions.

Another milestone was the publishing of the standard IEC 82079 (“Preparation of instructions for use – Structuring, content and presentation”), in which tekom and its Japanese partner association JTCA played an active role.

In November 2012, tekom celebrated the foundation of a new Country Group: tekom Danmark now provides a common roof for Danish tc professionals.

A sneak peek into 2013
In response to the great feedback tekom has received for its manifold international activities, the association will continue to expand its international network in 2013.

The tc community of Belgium is expected to join the association’s European network of tekom Country Groups in spring 2013, and tekom looks forward to this fruitful collaboration.

A roadshow through the established and new Country Groups (including Romania, Turkey, France and Denmark) will enable continuous personal communication among European technical communicators.

Next TCTrainNet intake in January
Regarding tekom’s international certification program, TCTrainNet saw its first lot of students complete the First Level Certificate in 2012. The participants admitted in September are now half-way through their course, and planning is underway for the following course, scheduled to start at the end of January 2013.

There have been many discussions on LinkedIn groups and other social media regarding the benefits of professional certification for technical communication, and the TCTrainNet certificates are becoming more widely known and better understood. The first of our Training Partners received accreditation in November (World Translation, Denmark), and three other sales partners are now operating in the geographical regions of Japan, Korea, and Spain.

We hope you had an equally successful year 2012, and we look forward to jointly serving our tc community in 2013.

Kind regards,

Corinna Melville

Editor tcworld

tekom news
A new venue for tekom conferences
tekom is inviting all participants of the tekom Annual and tcworld conference as well as those interested in attending, to state their opinion regarding a new location. The Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, which have served as the venue for tekom conferences for many years, will be undergoing reconstruction starting in 2014. New potential venues include Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. Our participants’ opinion will be the decisive factor in choosing a new home for our conferences. The short survey will only take ten minutes to complete.

LIND-Web board membership
Dr. Michael Fritz, CEO of tekom and tcworld, has recently been appointed as a member of the LIND-Web board. The Language Industry Web platform, now in its second year, promotes visibility and recognition of the language industry by collecting data and information concerning the sector and making it easily available. Dr. Fritz’s appointment will commence in 2013.

o tcworld India 2013
February 21-22, 2013
Bangalore, India

o tcworld Japan 2013
August 26-28, 2013
Tokyo, Japan

o tcworld conference 2013
November 6-8, 2013
Wiesbaden, Germany

Did you know that …
… sponsoring opportunities still exist for the upcoming tcworld India conference. For more information visit the sales.
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Adding value through glossaries
Many technical communicators consider glossaries an unnecessary relic left over from academic writing, and therefore assume that they are a waste of time and effort. Some companies even make a strategic decision not to include glossaries. In many cases, this decision is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose and value of product documentation. Let’s take a look at the benefits of glossaries and how we can design them to add value to our documentation. Read more…

Basics of HTML5: Mobile, multilingual and multimedia-enabled
HTML5 promises possibilities for designing websites and apps, which have almost remained unimagined until now. Although it is not an official standard, Internet providers and web developers are already using HTML5. Many authoring tools are now capable of creating HTML5. Reason enough to take a closer look. Read more…

Content Intelligence for Content Management Systems
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Technical communication in Korea: The challenge of gaining industry awareness
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Dr. Michael Fritz
Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V.
Rotebühlstraße 64
70178 Stuttgart

Ph: +49 711 6 57 04-0 | Fax: +49 711 6 57 04-99
info | www.tekom.de


Corinna Melville
Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V.

VR 3409 beim Amtsgericht Stuttgart
GF: Dr. Michael Fritz



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