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Technicalities

Below is a list of archived issues of Technicalities, the award-winning (formerly electronic and printed) newsletter of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Articles from these past issues may no longer be timely, and information is subject to change. This includes telephone numbers, email addresses, and hypertext links.

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Archived Issues

Volume 48 (2007/2008 chapter year)

  • Spring 2008
    • Tips from the Trenches: 22 Tips to Use at a Networking Event by Mark Hunter
    • Adobe FrameMaker 8.0 Review by Bernard Aschwanden
    • What Isn't Technical Communication? by Glenn Dayley
    • Social Networks by Mark Andre
    • I Wondered What it Would Be Like When I Got Here by John Hedtke
  • Winter 2008
    • Storyboarding, Multimedia and E-learning by Marc Lee and John Endicott
    • Web-based Collaboration Tools by Deb Lockwood
  • August/September 2007
    • Fly on Your Wings by Alida Franco
    • Which Resume Format is Best? by Martha Sippel
    • Book Review: Bait and Switch by Kathy Recchiuti

Volume 47 (2006/2007 chapter year)

  • June/July 2007
    • Report on "Conducting a User-Centered Expert Review" Session at 2007 STC Annual Conference by Kristy L. Astry
    • Observations from the STC Summit by Marcia Wood
    • Ginny Redish Gives Persona Mini-Workshop by Al Kemp
    • Jack Molisani Presents "How to Build a Business Case" by Al Kemp
  • April/May 2007
    • Frank Tagader Elected STC Associate Fellow by Barbara J. Miller
    • So You Want to be a Usability Engineer? by Molly Malsam
    • Of Users and Unicorns by Jessica Betterly
    • Technical Communication: It's Not Just About Software by Deb Lockwood
    • Three Alternate Careers for Technical Communicators by Martha Sippel
    • Senior Member Celebration Dinner Features Al Lewis by Al Kemp
  • February/March 2007
    • Creating a Low-Cost Video Web Seminar by Buy Ball
    • Teaching Online: All About Communication by Alida Franco
    • Technical Communicators Learn about Intelligent Disobedience at January Chapter Meeting by Al Kemp
    • Review of Cladonia Exchanger XML Editor ver. 3.2 by Tony Self
    • Transitioning from Technical Writer to Instructional Designer: What You Already Know and What You Can Learn by Angela Athy
  • December 2006/January 2007
    • Free or Open-Source Tools for Technical Communicators, Part I: The Software by Charles Curley
    • George Hoerter Scholarship Recipients 2007 by Ron Arner
    • Elizabeth Frick Presents "That's a Good Question!" at November Chapter Meeting by Al Kemp
  • October/November 2006
    • A "Way Last Resort"? by Molly Malsam
    • Remote Usability: Insight into New Tools by Mike Madaio
    • Word Hacks: Tips & Tricks for Taming Your Text by Ron Arner
    • Technical Communicator Certification: Boon or Bane? by Bill Thomas
  • August/September 2006
    • Ruminations on More Than a Dozen Years as an Independent by Linda G. Gallagher
    • September Office Meeting Features Microsoft's Crabby Office Lady by Al Kemp
    • The Consulting and Independent Contracting (CIC) Special Interest Group (SIG) by LInda G. Gallagher
    • A Short Financial Management Primer for Independents by Linda G. Gallagher
    • FrameMaker Workshop -- STC RMC's First Collaborative by Bette Frick

Volume 46 (2005/2006 chapter year)

  • June/July 2006
    • STC's 53rd Annual Conference by Deb Lockwood and Martha Sippel
    • Adding a Blog to Your Chapter Website by Tom H. Johnson
    • Northern Colorado Satellite Group by Deb Lockwood
    • Lessons Learned from Website Usability Testing by Stephen Wertzbaugher
  • April/May 2006
    • Don Zimmerman Wins Best Teacher Award by Deb Lockwood
    • Creating Metada -- a Quick Checklist by Suzanne Mescan
    • Wiki A, B, and Cs by Gloria McConnell
    • Technical Writing is Money Magazine's "Lucky Number 13" by Maurice Martin
    • Making the Most of Project You by Ron Arner
  • February/March 2006
    • Physical and Virtual Communities by Marella Colyvas
    • You Can't Clean Clutter Without Purging by Ron Arner
    • Subsetting and Customizing DITA by Bernard Aschwanden
    • Alarming Slide in U.S. Science and Technology by Sam Omatseye
    • Tax Tip: A Personal Savings Plan That Works by Geoff Hart
    • Putting Personas to Work by Ron Arner
    • Three STC RMC Members Elected STC Associate Fellows by Linda Gallagher, Martha Sippel and Deb Lockwood
  • December 2005/January 2006
    • Writing for the Blogging World by Deb Lockwood
    • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Evan Lockwood
    • Ready, Fire, Aim! by Kathy Ramsey
    • Stuck in Traffic by Ron Arner
    • The Holidays, Our Skills, and Slowing Down by Marella Colyvas
  • October/November 2005
    • Ride the Wave, Pick Your Fave: How to Keep Up with Emerging Technologies by Deb Lockwood
    •  Loss, Darkness, and Renewal by Marella Colyvas
    • Book Review: Herding Chickens: Innovative Techniques for Project Management by Deb Lockwood
    • How to Earn a Six-Figure Income as a Technical Communicator by Kathy Ramsey
  • August/September 2005
    • 2005 STC Conference in Seattle by Martha Sippel
    • Ways to Add Value and Make Money: How communities can increase the services they offer and make more money while doing so by John Hedtke
    • Getting Your Ducks in a Row: What to consider before moving to a structures writing environment by Brent Freeman
    • In Memoriam: Joy Yunker by Professor Robert H. Amend
    • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Ron Arner

Volume 45 (2004/2005 chapter year)

  • June/July 2005
    • Sippel Elected to STC Board by Frank Tagader
    • Review of the Consulting and Independent Contracting (CIC) Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting by Deb Lockwood
    • Performance Technology: Going Beyond Documentation Training by Ron Arner
    • Trends and Issues in Information Architecture by Ron Arner
  • April/May 2005
    • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away... by Ron Arner
    • STC RMC Technicalities Wins Award of Excellence by Martha Sippel
    • Transformation in Your Life: Senior Member Awards Celebration by Martha Sippel
    • An Overview of Trends, Tools, and Technologies in Software User Assistance by Ruth Gaulke
    • Book Review: Developing Training Courses: A Technical Writer's Guide to Instructional Design and Development by Deb Lockwood
    • Strengthening Our Core Competencies by Rahel Bailie
  • February/March 2005
    • On the Relevance of Geography by Marc Lee
    • The Big6TM by Ron Arner
    • STC Conference Provides Unique Opportunities by Suzanna Laurent
    • Web Design and Alternative Markets for Technical Communicators by Ron Arner
    • Creating Multimedia Presentations for Training by Guy Ball
    • Book Review: Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language by Deb Lockwood
    • Linda Gallagher Elected STC Associate Fellow by Kristy Astry
  • December 2004/January 2005
    • New Year's Resolutions for Technical Communicators by Marc Lee
    • Mindfulness by Ron Arner
    • Client Usability Testing Opportunity at CU Denver, Spring 2005 by James F. Stratman
    • Jobs... Or the Lack Thereof by Jonathan W. Baker
    • Improving Your Net (working) Worth by Lynette Reveling
    • Stylistic Speaking: Book Reviews on Style Guides by Deb Lockwood
    • A Dozen Myths About New Technology by John Hedtke
  • Oct/Nov 2004
    • Simplicity from Complexity by Ron Arner
    • Controlling Your Content: Value-based Content Management by Ruth Gaulke
    • Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, Third Edition by Deb Lockwood
    • When Duck and Cover Won't Do: How to Get Ready for Your Future in the Light of Hurricane-Force Changes by Rahel Bailie
  • Aug/Sept 2004
    • 7 Leadership Qualities by Jackie Damrau
    • GIS and Community Mapping: How Children Can Use Technology to Help Shape Our Future by Ron Arner
    • Style, Format, and Production Guides, Tools for Technical Communicators by Ruth Gaulke
    • Book Review Eats Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Deb Lockwood
    • Transformation Update... or Introduction? by Andrea Ames

Volume 44 (2003/2004 chapter year)

  • June/July 2004
    • Even Vacation Can't Vanguish My Vocation by Kristy Astry
    • The Art of Water-Color Diplomacy by Ron Arner
    • Transformers by Frank Tagader
  • April/May 2004
    • Chapter Support is Good for All by Linda Ostreich
    • A Model for Transforming STC by Thea Tich, Andrea Ames, Suzanna Laurent
    • Think Weird and Prosper by Rahel Bailie
    • Technical Standards Names Worst Manual by Michelle Weir
    • Naming Honorary Fellows -- an STC Tradition by Joanne Hackos
    • Maxine Singer: No Ordinary Fellow by Sheila C. Jones
    • Bill Horton, "Beyond the Page and the Help Window" by Jay Mead
    • Change: The Nature of the Beast by Ron Arner
    • Bragging Rights by Frank Tagader
    • Back to Basics: Writing Skills Are Still Crucial by Rahel Bailie
  • February/March 2004
    • XML Fundamentals for Technical Communicators by Betty Faulkner
    • Trends in Writing for Translation, Part 2 by M. Katherine Brown
    • It's Your Health: Surviving Work-Related Pain and Injuries by Martha Cowley
    • 21st Century Professional Resume Workout by Ron Arner
    • What Will Offshoring Do to Us? by Ron Arner
    • Where Things Stand by Frank Tagader
  • December 2003/January 2004
    • Environmentally Friendly Technical Writing: A Student Perspective by Teresa Mikelson
    • So, You Have Written Your Suicide Letter; What's Next? Or Living Outside the Box, by Mary Jo Fay by Joel Meier
    • Trends in Writing Translation, Part 1 by M. Katherine Brown
    • E-Learning: The 30,000 Foot View by Jack WIlson
    • Self-Publish Your Book and Keep All the Profits, Presented by Marilyn Ross by Joel Meier
    • Write Do You Write: Here, There, or Everywhere? by Ron Arner
    • Experiencing What So Many of My Peers Have Faced by Frank Tagader
    • Market Changes Afoot: What Does This Mean for Technical Communicators? by Rahel Bailie
  • Oct/Nov 2003
    • What Color Is Your Future Job: Commodity Writer or Strategic Communicator? by Rahel Bailie
    • That Certain Uncertainty by Frank Tagader
    • Who Speaks For Our Profession? We Do. by Ron Arner
    • Looking Back by Martha Sippel
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Reality of Being a Technical Communicator by Edward Ellis
    • Creativity and the Technical Communicator by Marella Colyvas
    • Web Hosting Demystified by Guy Ball
    • Student View; Summertime Tech Writing by Tiffany Deking
    • My Not-So-Gentle Reminder by Carol Zollinger
    • Understanding the Design Change Control Process by David Dick
  • Aug/Sept 2003
    • A First-Class Awards Reception by Ron Arner
    • Document Management for Dummies by David Dick and Kathy Bine
    • If You Live by the Brownie, You Die by the Brownie by Kristy Astry
    • Unusability is Your Best Friend by Ron Arner
    • Ennui Go! by Frank Tagader
    • Not So Lazy Days of Summer adapted by Rahel Bailie

Volume 43 (2002/2003 chapter year)

  • June/July 2003
    • Honoring our Rocky Mountain Chapter DCSA Winner by Martha Sippel
    • You Can Do It! by Martha Sippel
    • All I Want for Christmas... by Ron Arner
    • The Tech Comm Job Market: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going by Rahel Bailie
    • Proofreading Your Way to Quality Products by Lynnette Reveling
    • New Northern Colorado SIG Manager Steps Up by Frank Tagader
    • Introducing RoboDemo eLearning Edition by Joel Meier
    • Showcase Your Talents by Rahel Bailie
  • April/May 2003
    • Improving Your Skills Inexpensively by Martha Sippel
    • It's Spring-Cleaning Time by Ron Arner
    • Interesting Times, Interesting Measures by Rahel Bailie
    • Your Vote Counts! by Marella Colyvas
    • Fatten Your Resume Without Blushing by Art Elser
    • New Western Slope SIG Manager Signs Up by Frank Tagader
    • A Roadmap to Single Sourcing by Martha Sippel and Jay Mead
  • February/March 2003
  • December 2002/January 2003
  • October/November 2002
  • October/November 2002 (paper teaser)
  • August/September 2002
    • The Continued Education of the Technical Writer by Tina Hedlund
    • Regaining the Muse by Dana Cline
    • The Colorado Job Market: Professional-Eat-College Graduate by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • My Own Business: Where Do I Start? by Hugh Gallagher

Volume 42 (2001/2002 chapter year)

  • June/July 2002
    • Instructional Design and Technical Writing: Do You Know Where Your Skill Sets Are Today? by S. Redmond Naus
    • Human Factors for Technical Communicators by Mike Livsey
    • Book Review: Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery by David C. Garrett
    • Ode to the Printed Page by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • Ethics as a Marketing Tool by Dana Cline
    • Is the Colorado Tech Industry Bouncing Back? by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • Professional Development on Getting Paid by David C. Garrett
    • It's the Little Things in Life -- Volunteer! by Martha Sippel
  • April/May 2002
    • Are You a Natural? by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • Value and the Professional by Jay Mead
    • Getting Published: An Interview with Don Zimmerman by Bridget Julian
    • Developing Commitment and Motivation by J. Suzanna Laurent
    • Now is the Time to Volunteer by Linda Gallagher
  • February/March 2002
    • Don't Dramatize the Details by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • Northern Colorado SIG News by Sandy Lieb
    • When Everything Changes by Dana Cline
    • Newsletter Design on a Budget by Stacy Leeds
    • Got Continuing Education? by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • Book Review: A History of the Modern Computing, by Paul E. Ceruzzi, and The Universal History of Computing, by Georges Ifrah by David C. Garrett
  • December 2001/January 2002
    • Making the Cut by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • October's Meeting Provides Dreamweaver Tips and Tricks by Jan Bakken
    • Introducing the STC RMC IDU SIG by Frank Tagader
    • Help for Multiple Authors by Dana Cline
    • Online SIG Provides Overview of FrameMaker and WebWorks by Jan Bakker
    • Alana's Adventures in... by Helen Tuttle
    • How to Expand Your Consulting Business by Jan Bakken and Stephanie Griffin
  • October/November 2001
    • Showing Our Patriotism by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • Six Out of Six Council Members Can't Be Wrong! by Joel Meier
    • Tips for Developing Single-Source Information by Bill Burns
    • Disability Issues in Technical Communication by Jan Bakken
    • The Denver Market -- What We Need from You by Anne Halsey
    • A View from the Hunt: Searching for a Technical Writing Job by Randall Voigt
    • Saving Articles by John Hedtke
    • Always a Need -- Always a Helping Hand by Helen Tuttle

Volume 41 (2000/2001 chapter year)

  • July 2001
    • RMC Wins TOp STC Chapter Achievement Award by Jay Mead
    • Technical Communications and Instructional Design: It's All in the Family, So What's the Difference? by Jan Bakken
    • The STC Mentor Program Wants YOU by Bridget Julian
    • Thrifty Writing by Jolie A. Gallagher
    • Winners, Winners, Everywhere! by Bridget Julian
  • May/June 2001
    • RMC Member Receives Distinguished Chapter Service Award by Linda Gallagher
    • February Meeting Featured Usability Progression by Gail S. Bernstein
    • The Next Great Thing: Microsoft HTML Help 2.0 by Dana Cline
    • A Tale of Two Careers by Bridget Julian
    • Breaking the Rules by Jolie Gallagher
  • March/April 2001
    • Equality of Access by Kim Weathersby
    • Informative Discussion on Multimedia Development by Jacque L. Fryday
    • From Your Director-Sponsor by Ellen Fenwick
    • Technical Writing -- A Security Risk? by Dana Cline
    • Technical Writing Been Vey, Very Good to Me by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • Microsoft Webmaster Group -- A Great Local Resource by Ruth Gaulke
  • January/February 2001
    • Pan-Pacific Conference a Hit in Hawaii by Jay Mead
    • Creating Award-winning Documentation and Training and Featured in January Chapter Meeting by Gail S. Bernstein
    • First Webcast a Success by Linda Gallagher
    • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Help Systems by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • Think of the Pre-press Guy Before She Thinks Badly of YOU by Karl Frank
    • Book Review: Web Site Usability: A Designer's Guide, Though-Provoking Reading for Web Content Developers by Stacy Leeds
  • November/December 2000
    • Denver to Host the 52nd Annual International STC Conference by Stephen Wertzbaugher
    • STC Offers Grants for "Special Opportunities" in Technical Communication by Maurice Martin
    • New -- FrameMaker Special Interest Group by Larry Prado
    • A Review of Help Authoring Tools by Dana Cline
    • Kinds of Writers by Molly Malsam
    • Microsoft-sponsored Seminars by Ruth Gaulke
  • September/October 2000
    • eBooks Are Here by Dana Cline
    • Karen Kraft-Miller by Wendy DuBow

Volume 40 (1999/2000 chapter year)

  • 1999 Salary Survey and Report
  • May/June 2000
    • Maybe in the Next Year or So... by Larry Prado
    • Apple iMac DV Special Edition ... a REAL Mac! by Jerry Skaw
    • RMC Members Receive Distinguished Chapter Service Award by Larry Prado
    • Technicalities Wins Award of Excellence by Jay Mead
    • Branding by Mary Wise
  • March/April 2000
    • Winter Board of Directors Report by Ellen Fenwick
    • You Asked for It -- You Got It! by Lynnette Reveling
  • January/February 2000
    • To Test or Not to Test by Victoria Thomas
    • A New Technical Writer Looks at User Manuals by Randall Voight
    • Book Review: PDF with Acrobat, Ted Alspach, Peachpit Press 1999 by Jo Davies
    • Now's Your Chance to Make a Mark in the New Millenium by Jane Bender
    • Learn About Glamour, Fame, and Fortune at the January Meeting JavaHelp at the February Meeting by Gail Bernstein
  • November/December 1999
    • StorageTek Becomes an STC Corporate Sponsor by Diane P. Ohrt
    • A New Look and a New Attitude by Victoria Thomas
    • What Does a Director-Sponsor Do? And What Has That to Do With Me? by Ellen Fenwick
    • The Pro Web Web Site by Linda Gallagher
    • New Interest Generated for the Western Slope Special Interest Group by Helen Salter
    • Is Leadership in Your Future? by Kim Weathersby
  • September/October 1999

Volume 39 (1998/1999 chapter year)

  • June 1999
  • May 1999
  • April 1999
  • March 1999
  • February 1999
  • January 1999
  • December 1998
  • November 1998
  • October 1998
  • September 1998

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