AODC – in conclusion
Last week I attended the Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference (AODC) on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. I’ve posted a number of detailed reports on the sessions I attended. This post is a summary and a “thank you” to the organisers.
A big thank you to Penny Bradley, Tony Self and HyperWrite — you did an awesome job, with not a hitch to be seen! I learned a lot, met a lot of people and laughed a lot. It’s valuable to see what other technical writers are doing, because we all tend to work in a particular technology or field and can feel isolated from the bigger picture.
Best of all, I now know how to pronounce “DITA”. It’s “ditter”, or even “didder” and not “deeter”. This handy distinction avoids confusion of the XML standard with Dita Von Teese.
Summary of AODC posts
Here’s a list of my blog posts on the sessions I attended:
- AODC – DITA workshop
- AODC – trends, tools, technologies in online documentation
- AODC – a new grammar for online communication
- AODC – web technology and standards
- AODC – a DITA case study
- AODC – usability of embedded help
- AODC – reviewing a user interface
- AODC – authoring memory
- AODC – separating content, structure, format and behaviour
- AODC – guided help
- AODC – error messages
You can also get to the above posts via the AODC tag.
And here are some other interesting posts on and around the conference:
- A summary of AODC day 3 by Rhonda Bracey, one of the conference delegates — see her other posts on the AODC too, for excellent summaries and commentary.
- Tech writer’s spot — Elena comments on the “nu grammar”.
- Travelling Worm in Surfers Paradise — a review of the conference location from a hanger-on.
I work at Atlassian. One of our products is a wiki called Confluence. Following the principle of eat your own dogfood, we do all our technical product documentation (well, almost all) on the Confluence wiki. For example:
- The Crowd documentation on our Confluence site.
- The Confluence documentation, also on the Confluence site.
At the AODC conference, a number of people were interested. What’s it like to do technical documentation on a wiki? What works well, what doesn’t? Why do we use Confluence for our documentation? Can customers contribute to the documentation? What process do we use to review changes made by people other than the technical writers? These were just some of the questions people asked me. Tony suggested that this would be a good topic for a session at next year’s conference. There’s certainly enough to talk about, and of course I find this topic exciting and absorbing 🙂
Here are some snaps to make you wish you’d been there. First, the venue — Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia:
My name tag, fairly unadorned because I’m uninteresting i.e. this was my first AODC session and I come from a boring state in Oz:
A more interesting name tag:
If you are unfortunate enough to hail from New Zealand, you get a kiwi or a sheep (depending on the whim of the name-tag creator) instead of the Ozzie state. If you’ve attended a large number of sessions, you get the superman logo and are dubbed a super-veteran. I’m not sure what Marian did to get the no entry sign superimposed over her superman logo! The sun means something too, over and above the fact that it shines out from you 😉 and there are yet other pictures with meanings I’ve forgotten. Can anyone list the name-tag adornments?