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Two Australian tech writing conferences just around the corner

Are you in or near Australia in October and November? Then you’re in for a treat. We have two technical writing conferences in a row, within a stone’s throw of each other. Well, for some definition of “stone’s throw”, anyway. 😉

First up is the annual conference of the Australian Society for Technical Communication, which takes place in Surfers Paradise on 12-13 October. The conference theme is Let’s get technical, technical. Learn about CSS smart selectors, rethinking DITA, speeding up your web pages, blockchain, impossible docs, becoming an efficient writer, Simplified Technical English, and more. Follow up with a focused workshop on web coding. Check the list of presentations and fill in the registration form.

Next up is the Write the Docs AU conference in Melbourne on 15-16 November. This is the second WtD AU conference ever, following on from last year’s debut. This event offers a mix of presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and unconference sessions. Check out the schedule and get a ticket.

Found on a walk in the bush – patterns on the bottom of a squashed mushroom. Intriguing:

Discovered the Issue Mover for GitHub and it’s super cool

This app makes it easy for me to move GitHub issues from one repository to another within the same GitHub org. I’ve just used it for the first time. It’s a real time saver. And it’s pretty too, especially if you’re fond of ladybirds.

The Issue Mover for GitHub:

What problem does the app solve? Let’s say you belong to an organisation on GitHub with a number of repositories. The number of repos has grown over the months and years, as it inevitably does. As a result, you frequently find yourself needing to move issues from one repo to another. It’s time-consuming to do that by hand. You need to copy across all the content of and comments from each issue, reassign each issue to the relevant contributor, add back all the labels, and finally close the original issue with a note saying that it’s moved.

I’ve jotted down some example use cases. I’m pretty sure you’ll have others in mind too:

Docs: Let’s say, in the earlier days of your project people were adding the doc issues to the code repo. But now you have a website, with its own code and its own repo. So, you want to move the open doc issues from the code repo to the website repo. This is the situation I found myself in. The Issue Mover worked like a charm.

Community: At first, all your community-related requests were lumped together with doc issues. But now you have a large community that’s creating procedures and tools of its own. You create a shiny new community repo and you want to move the relevant issues into it.

Software components: Your app/framework is expanding rapidly, and it makes sense to split off separate code repos for some of the larger, less tightly-coupled components. Of course, the relevant issues should go along for the ride.

General and ongoing: People keep putting issues into the wrong repo! 😉 You like to keep things tidy, and want to move the issues to the logical place.

I was delighted to find this app, and I hope you find it useful too!

Disclaimer: Even though many of the contributors on the Issue Mover project work for Google (and so do I) this is not an official Google Product.

Doc fixits and content strategy at Write the Docs Sydney on Tuesday

The next Write the Docs meetup in Sydney is just around the corner:

Sydney: Content strategy and doc fixits

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018, 6:00 PM

Atlassian
341 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 Sydney, AU

28 Documentarians Attending

Join us to chat about docs – why they’re a Good Thing and how to make them even better. Tech writers, engineers, editors, product managers, more – if you’re interested in docs, you’re welcome. —————— Presenter 1: Michalina Ziemba **Five steps to successful content strategy** In her talk, Michalina will share examples and practical tips …

Check out this Meetup →

What’s happening

We have two presentations lined up, preceded by pizza and chatting!

  • Michalina will talk about five steps to successful content strategy.
  • I’ll follow with a presentation on doc fixits: What is a doc fixit (hint: a way of fixing doc bugs en masse), why would you want one, and what can you do with it once you have it?

Date, time, and location

Tuesday 3 July 2018, at 6pm. We aim to finish around 7.45pm.

At the Atlassian offices, 341 George St, Sydney.

Would you like to join us?

If you’re interested in technical documentation, you’re welcome! Sign up at the meetup and we’ll see you there.

Next Sydney Write the Docs meetup at Atlassian, July 3rd

We’ve just announced the next Write the Docs meetup in Sydney:

Sydney: Content strategy and more

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018, 6:00 PM

Atlassian
341 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 Sydney, AU

3 Documentarians Attending

Join us to chat about docs – why they’re a Good Thing and how to make them even better. Tech writers, engineers, editors, product managers, more – if you’re interested in docs, you’re welcome. —————— Presenter 1: Michalina Ziemba Five steps to successful content strategy —————— More details and more presentations in the work…

Check out this Meetup →

What happens at the meetup

We currently have one speaker, Michalina, who will talk about five steps to successful content strategy.

There’ll be more speakers, and the opportunity to chat to old and new friends.

Who can attend?

If you’re interested in technical documentation, you’re welcome!

Date, time, and location

Tuesday 3 July 2018, at 6pm. We aim to finish around 7.30pm.

At the Atlassian offices, 341 George St, Sydney.

Want to air your ideas?

If you have an idea for a presentation or a lightning talk, let me know.

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