Invitation to join me in webinar about Confluence and technical documentation

I’ll be presenting a session at a webinar on Thursday 12 April (in most time zones), hosted by Atlassian. The webinar is titled “Confluence as a platform for technical documentation“. We’re packing three sessions into this webinar, so it should be fun and full of information. The other presenters are Tobias Anstett from K15t Software, and Darryl Duke from Stepstone Technologies. I’d love it if you could join us. It’s free. 🙂

I’m excited about this webinar, because it’s about an aspect of wikis that I’ve come to see as very important: the fact that wikis are extensible, versatile, and built to be so. As a result, there’s a community of enthusiastic developers and innovators who devote a good deal of time to extending wiki functionality, challenging the wiki software owners, and keeping the wiki at the forefront of web technology.

I think that we technical communicators can use this characteristic of wiki technology to great advantage. Technical communicators are in the thick of things. We work in diverse environments, innovate, share ideas, collaborate, and write about the latest technologies and methodologies. We need a tool that can keep up with us.

This webinar focuses on Confluence, the wiki developed and sold by Atlassian.

Webinar details

Title: Confluence as a platform for technical documentation

How to join:  Go to the webinar registration page.

Date and time: The registration page has a neat time zone converter. Here is the time in some time zones:

  • US Pacific time: Thursday 12 April 2012 at 8 am
  • US Eastern time: Thursday 12 April 2012 at 11 am
  • Amsterdam time: Thursday 12 April 2012 at 5 pm
  • Sydney time: Friday 13 April 2012 at 1 am (yes, that’s right, 1 am)

Length: 60 minutes

What’s in the webinar

People from two different plugin development companies are joining me to present parts of the webinar: Tobias Anstett from K15t Software, and Darryl Duke from Stepstone Technologies. That’s so exciting!

I’ll kick off, with a discussion of Confluence as an extensible platform.

  • The extensibility and versatility of the wiki stood me in good stead recently, when I used Confluence to write and publish a book. I’ll talk about the benefits of writing on the wiki, the plugins that we added to the wiki to provide the functionality we needed to produce the book, and how we worked with the plugin developers to extend the functionality even more.
  • Moving to the broader arena of technical documentation, we’ll look at some typical requirements of a documentation tool. I’ll discuss whether core Confluence functionality satisfies those requirements, and point out the plugins that we can add to give us what we need.
  • I’ll also show how technical communicators can get involved in the development of wiki technology.

Next up is Tobias. The K15t team develops a number of Confluence plugins specifically for technical documentation. The company’s vision statement  is, “We believe that wiki-based technologies will be the future for documentation.” Yes! Tobias also spent a lot of time with me and Richard Hamilton, of XML Press, extending the Scroll Wiki DocBook Exporter plugin to enable us to produce a book on the wiki. It will be great to share the webinar with Tobias. His part of the session is called, “Complete the Documentation Life Cycle with K15t” and he’ll show us how to use the K15t plugins in the documentation life cycle.

Darryl will conduct the third part of the webinar, titled “Simplify and brand your Documentation with Stepstone’s Zen”. Zen Foundation is a theme that you can add to Confluence. It is available as a plugin, developed by Stepstone Technologies. A theme changes the look and feel of the wiki site, and can add significant functionality too. I’ve recently worked on the Atlassian Developers site, a Confluence site that uses the Zen Foundation theme. Darryl and the Stepstone team were great in helping us to develop the brand we wanted for that site, and in customising the theme for our needs.

Prizes too

There are some prizes to be won! When you register, your name will be entered into a draw to win one of these:

Questions and chat

If there’s time at the end of the webinar, we’ll open it up for questions. Come and throw them at us. 🙂

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 1 April 2012, in atlassian, book, Confluence, technical writing, wiki and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi Sarah,

    thanks for the presentation, it was very interesting. I look forward to review it again next week, so I can get the finer details.

    I’d like to emphasize that me & team really would like to have the DocBook plugin running on OnDemand, since it would help us to do those nice PDF / ebook output of our technical documentation and user guides (still in being written).

    Gunther Strube, Z88 development team,

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