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Patrick Calnan

Senior Technical Writer

@patrickcalnanwww.linkedin.com/in/pcalnan

A self-professed MadCap Software "fanboy" (it's his YouTube name), Patrick Calnan is a long-time user of MadCap Flare and other documentation tools and has worked as a technical writer for 20 years. He is currently the Senior Technical Writer for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and a part-time Professor in Algonquin College's Technical Writing program.

Sessions Presented by Patrick Calnan:

Monday, June 4

1:45-2:40 PM

Accessibility Matters: Creating Accessible Output with MadCap Flare

Track 2 MadCap Flare Accessibility

If your work is subject to accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0 and Section 508, you already know that producing compliant output can pose additional challenges in managing your MadCap Flare projects. The good news is that Flare already supports a number of accessibility features for different kinds of outputs. There are also strategies and processes that you can use to further ensure that your output is accessible to people with disabilities. Patrick Calnan, Senior Technical Writer for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, examines the specific requirements that are applicable to technical documentation and how you can use Flare to meet those standards.

Tuesday, June 5

4:20-5:20 PM

Generation Zero: How MadCap Flare Automation Can Make Your Life Easier

Track 4 MadCap Flare Automation

Publishing is an important part of the documentation process, but what if you never had to perform any building or publishing tasks ever again? What if you could automate the process so that as soon as you make changes to your MadCap Flare source files, the generation and distribution of online help and other formats is done for you without having to lift a finger? With source control integration and scripts, you can focus the bulk of your efforts on content creation and revision without ever having to publish your work again. Sounds like science fiction? It’s happening right now… and you can do it too. Join Patrick Calnan, Senior Technical Writer for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, as he demonstrates just how process automation can make your work faster and easier.