Inside this issue:
After a couple of months dealing with laptop problems, online problems, oh and taking care of zombies, serial killers and the like at Halloween Horror Nights (working at Universal), I am back with a new issue of Memo to Members! Please read through this issue, there are some good topics as well as information to attend our next meeting in the “View From Number Two” article.
Have a great rest of your month and a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Secretary and Editor, Memo 2 Members Newsletter
By Debra Johnson, President
Orlando Central Florida STC Chapter
(I want to give a special nod to Mike Murray, Associate Fellow, and former STC Orlando Central FL President)
If you haven’t already, you’ll soon be receiving notification from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) asking you to renew your membership online. As you complete the renewal process, you’ll be asked to select the type of membership you want. The following table displays the membership categories and associated benefits that come with each.
2015 Membership Dues
Current membership dues rates effective 15 September-28 February 2015
|Membership Category||Included in Membership||Current Dues**||Adjusted Dues
(See List of Eligible Countries)
|Gold Value Package
(available only until 31 May)
|New TC Professional
(graduated within past three years)
(contact Membership Dept. for eligibility)
Don’t forget to select chapter affiliation for $25.00
So what can you get for the price of choosing a Chapter Affiliation for $25.00?
The answer is – pretty much the world of technical communications! What value do you personally put on even one of the following benefits of chapter affiliation, let alone all of them?
Will you invest an extra $25 in your career… and in your future?
The English author C. S. Lewis once said, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he be.” Take the time now to invest in your future because the future is now! Of course, you could always spend the $25 on a movie for a meal at a restaurant for short-term pleasure. As for myself, my future is worth hundreds of times that $25. How about you?
By Mary Burns
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
The View from Number 2
We people of the 2010’s deal with a proliferation of portals, hubs, and pages for managing all manner of interactions with the larger world. Many are intuitive—for someone else. They make you play “Find the Login.” You want to spend five minutes checking your account; they want you to fill out a questionnaire. They’re worse than a teenager for changing their look every time you access them. You find yourself doing the hyperlink equivalent of paddling in a circle. You attempt a task—and a message cheerfully informs you that the system can’t fulfill that request right now…try again later!
To me, the most usable application is the one that I can forget, that just lets me do what I need to and get back to my life.
Of course, I realize that developing such an application, and creating the documentation for it, is much easier said than done. That’s why I’m excited about our November meeting, presented by an expert in the field of usability, Dr. Karla Saari Kitalong of Michigan Technological University. I hope you will join us!
PROGRAM: Thursday, November 20
LOCATION: Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 West Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32789
TIME: 6:15 PM New member orientation; 6:30 PM Networking/Refreshments; 7:00 PM Meeting
COST: $10 Student, $15 STC Member, $20 Non-Member. First-timers free.
RSVP/REGISTER at http://stcorlando.eventbrite.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
I was unable to attend last month’s meeting. I would like to thank Tavia Record for writing this article, she did a wonderful job. Please click on the link below to view the article.
Thank you Tavia,
By David Coverston
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
One common use of the Windows Notepad application is to remove formatting when copying and pasting text from one document to another. I think a better alternative is Notepad++. This free, open source program has all sorts of features, even some that FrameMaker doesn’t. In this article, I will explain how I use Notepad++ to quickly perform three functions that I can’t do in FrameMaker.
The latest is Notepad++ version is 6.6.9 as of this writing, and is available from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/. I recommend downloading the Notepad++ Installer version, which is a .msi file. Double-click it to run the installation. After you have installed Notepad++, you will also want to install the TextFX plugin. This plugin adds several nifty tools that technical writers can use. To add in the plugin, click Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager. Notepad++ displays a host of plugins, but scroll down until you locate TextFX Characters, select it, then click Install.
Restart Notepad++ and the TextFX plugin now displays in the menu bar. Like many other tools, there are a number of commands and functions that you will not use, at least not in the beginning.
Let’s start with a list of names I got from a random name generator on the Internet. You can substitute file names or any other paragraph of text you have to edit. Here is our material:
The first thing I want to do is to eliminate the spaces in front of the list. To do this, hold the Alt key down, and click and drag from one corner of the area to the other. The column, represented by the gray area to the left of the list is selected. Press Delete to remove the spaces. Hint: You can also paste text like a hyphen or asterisk, and it will be pasted in front of all 10 items at once. Hint 2: You can also select and delete text like this in Word, but you can’t paste text in front of all the items at once. (The squiggly lines are words not in the dictionary).
When you select the list, you notice gray areas to the right of the items in the list.
These are extra space characters that I want to delete. Forget the click and backspace or other method you might use. Press Control+A to select all, then choose TextFX > TextFX Edit > Trim Trailing Spaces. All spaces at the end are gone.
Now that you have you have your list cleaned up a bit, you want to alphabetize the list. Select all your list, then choose TextFX > TextFX Tools > Sort lines case sensitive at columns, or one of the other sort options.
And you have your list cleaned and sorted. Now you can drag and drop your text into a FrameMaker document. Hold the Control key if you want to copy your text.
Hint: You can choose View > Always on Top to make it easier to copy text out.