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The Premier Technical Communication
and Content Strategy Conference

April 14-17, 2019 | Hard Rock Hotel

Advanced Workshop

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Do More with LESS: Using the LESS CSS Preprocessor in Your MadCap Flare Project

Presented by: Daniel Ferguson

CSS is an extremely powerful language to create the look-and-feel of your content, and knowing at least some CSS is an essential skill for any MadCap Flare user. But CSS does have its limitations, and over time, CSS stylesheets can become bloated, inefficient, and difficult to maintain. In this workshop, you'll learn a better way to develop and maintain your CSS. We'll demonstrate the extensive capabilities of the LESS CSS preprocessor, such as variables, nesting, importing, mix-ins, operations, and more. You’ll engage in a hands-on demonstration on setting up a sample Flare project to use LESS. By the end of this session, you'll have what you need to take your CSS development to entirely new levels. Note: An advanced knowledge of CSS is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Best Practices for Responsive Content

Presented by: Scott DeLoach

Learn best practices and real-world examples for responsive web design (RWD) and responsive web content (RWC). During this workshop, Scott will discuss and explore options for adapting text, lists, tables, and images for smaller screens, including using built-in Flare features such as responsive layouts. In addition, he'll discuss how you can single source and dynamically adapt content for use on phones, tablets, PCs, and even print targets.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

9:00 - 9:10 AM

Session Break

9:10 - 10:10 AM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Do More with LESS: Using the LESS CSS Preprocessor in Your MadCap Flare Project (Continued)

Presented by: Daniel Ferguson

CSS is an extremely powerful language to create the look-and-feel of your content, and knowing at least some CSS is an essential skill for any MadCap Flare user. But CSS does have its limitations, and over time, CSS stylesheets can become bloated, inefficient, and difficult to maintain. In this workshop, you'll learn a better way to develop and maintain your CSS. We'll demonstrate the extensive capabilities of the LESS CSS preprocessor, such as variables, nesting, importing, mix-ins, operations, and more. You’ll engage in a hands-on demonstration on setting up a sample Flare project to use LESS. By the end of this session, you'll have what you need to take your CSS development to entirely new levels. Note: An advanced knowledge of CSS is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Best Practices for Responsive Content (Continued)

Presented by: Scott DeLoach

Learn best practices and real-world examples for responsive web design (RWD) and responsive web content (RWC). During this workshop, Scott will will discuss and explore options for adapting text, lists, tables, and images for smaller screens, including using built-in Flare features such as responsive layouts. In addition, he'll discuss how you can single source and dynamically adapt content for use on phones, tablets, PCs, and even print targets.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Advanced Project Management: Managing Complex MadCap Flare Projects

Presented by: Denise Kadilak

One of the best features of MadCap Flare is its flexibility. Over the past eight years, MadCap Flare has allowed Blackbaud’s team to handle every documentation challenge thrown their way. As a result, they have some extremely complicated project management scenarios. In this presentation, Denise Kadilak will explore a few of these scenarios and demonstrate how, using Flare, the Blackbaud Strategic Content Development team rises to every new challenge. Specifically, she’ll look at managing several Flare projects linked through Global Project Linking and the planning and considerations involved with implementing this workflow. Topics covered will include: content management strategy creation, conditional text management, authoring best practices, target settings, and more.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Right on Target: Advanced or Just Unfamiliar Features in the Target Editor

Presented by: Neil Perlin

The Target Editor is feature-packed, with 14 different tabs full of options. Like many MadCap Flare authors, you may have ignored many of those options in the rush to get your projects out the door but, in doing so, you also may have missed opportunities to improve your projects or solve odd problems. In this workshop, we’ll look at many of those options, such as the master stylesheet, the output file name option and how it can cause a common mistake, the skin and component default skins options, relationship tables, the project management benefits and risks of the Warnings tab, and more. You’ll be able to test a few features in real time by working on a little demo project, and will leave with a good feel for those mysterious and unfamiliar features.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

11:30 - 11:40 AM

Session Break

11:40 - 12:40 PM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Advanced Project Management: Managing Complex MadCap Flare Projects (Continued)

Presented by: Denise Kadilak

One of the best features of MadCap Flare is its flexibility. Over the past eight years, MadCap Flare has allowed Blackbaud’s team to handle every documentation challenge thrown their way. As a result, they have some extremely complicated project management scenarios. In this presentation, Denise Kadilak will explore a few of these scenarios and demonstrate how, using Flare, the Blackbaud Strategic Content Development team rises to every new challenge. Specifically, she’ll look at managing several Flare projects linked through Global Project Linking and the planning and considerations involved with implementing this workflow. Topics covered will include: content management strategy creation, conditional text management, authoring best practices, target settings, and more.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Right on Target: Advanced or Just Unfamiliar Features in the Target Editor (Continued)

Presented by: Neil Perlin

The Target Editor is feature-packed, with 14 different tabs full of options. Like many MadCap Flare authors, you may have ignored many of those options in the rush to get your projects out the door but, in doing so, you also may have missed opportunities to improve your projects or solve odd problems. In this workshop, we’ll look at many of those options, such as the master stylesheet, the output file name option and how it can cause a common mistake, the skin and component default skins options, relationship tables, the project management benefits and risks of the Warnings tab, and more. You’ll be able to test a few features in real time by working on a little demo project, and will leave with a good feel for those mysterious and unfamiliar features.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

12:45 - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Breaking the Build Event Horizon: Part 1

Presented by: Ray Davis

If you've ever looked for information on build events, you know that the world can be an empty place with few examples and fewer solutions. When you free yourself of the constraints of batch scripting, and add XSL transformations, build events become a powerful way to automate changes to your content before and after you build your project. In this workshop, we'll look at some simple - and not so simple - but powerful build events. You’ll see functional examples of how XSL can change variables on-the-fly, add metadata or scripts based on page content, choose a CSS based on conditions or variables, and more. This presentation is a demonstration of what’s possible with build events, from the obscure to the obvious. Whether you just need a few ideas or want to add these whole-cloth to your project, you’ll see what’s possible when you break the build event horizon.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Expanding Your Toolbox: Advanced Features in MadCap Flare

Presented by: Paul Pehrson

The sheer depth of what you can do in MadCap Flare is rather amazing, and learning what all those extra features are can be a challenge. Join veteran Flare trainer Paul Pehrson for a look into the Advanced folder in the Project Organizer where you'll how you can use features like automatic index and suggestions sets, browse sequences, context sensitive help, search filters, synonyms, and file tags.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

2:30 - 2:40 PM

Session Break

2:40 - 3:40 PM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Breaking the Build Event Horizon: Part 2

Presented by: Ray Davis

In part 2, we’ll take a deep-dive into the real-world challenges of implementing these XSL-based build events. Breaking down the build events demonstrated in “Breaking the Build Event Horizon: Part 1”, we’ll go line by line to explain the logic behind each command in the scripts and stylesheets. This session will also address concerns of portability and re-usability in the diverse environment of multiple authors and projects.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

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Expanding Your Toolbox: Advanced Features in MadCap Flare (Continued)

Presented by: Paul Pehrson

The sheer depth of what you can do in MadCap Flare is rather amazing, and learning what all those extra features are can be a challenge. Join veteran Flare trainer Paul Pehrson for a look into the Advanced folder in the Project Organizer where you'll how you can use features like automatic index and suggestions sets, browse sequences, context sensitive help, search filters, synonyms, and file tags.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Snack Break

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Advanced Workshop Sessions

Advanced Training 1

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Snariables: Reusable Components using Snippets and Variables

Presented by: Homer Christensen

When you’re tasked with creating a set of tiles, cards, or other repeating elements that must be consistent, stylish, and quick to produce and edit, snippets with variables are the perfect tools to use. You define the structure of the element with a snippet, and each time you add it, you can set variables to specify the content, link, CSS classes, images, and other visual definitions. You can use the snippet several times on a page and each appears unique. In this session, you’ll learn how to identify elements that work well with Snariables, and we’ll cover the basics and best practices (as well as what to look out for) of creating the snippet and setting up the variable definitions. You’ll leave with samples you can incorporate right away, including a product tile, team member card, and a detail page made entirely with snippets and variables.

Session Topics: Advanced Training

Advanced Training 2

Advanced Session Information Coming Soon

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Session Topics: Advanced Training

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Advanced Workshop Happy Hour

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