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The Premier Technical Communication
and Content Strategy Conference

April 14-17, 2019 | Hard Rock Hotel

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Daniel Ferguson

Founder & President, Smart Output

Daniel Ferguson is the founder of Smart Output, a technical communication consulting company that specializes in MadCap Flare consulting and training. He helps clients define optimal documentation processes, migrate legacy documentation, and implement Flare for authoring and publishing. He also helps existing Flare users streamline their current Flare implementations and take advantage of the newest Flare features. Daniel is a certified MadCap Advanced Developer and Project Management Professional, as well as a regular presenter on MadCap’s official Flare webinar series.

Daniel Ferguson is the founder of Smart Output, a technical communication consulting company that specializes in MadCap Flare consulting and training. He helps clients define optimal documentation processes, migrate legacy documentation, and implement Flare for authoring and publishing. He also helps existing Flare users streamline their current Flare implementations and take advantage of the newest Flare features. Daniel is a certified MadCap Advanced Developer and Project Management Professional, as well as a regular presenter on MadCap’s official Flare webinar series.


Monday

Track 33:00 - 3:55

The Highlight Reel: Using a Syntax Highlighter in Your MadCap Flare Project

If you have code samples in your MadCap Flare project, then using a syntax highlighter is a must. With very little effort, a syntax highlighter can transform your code samples from ugly to usable by automatically applying language-specific styles to your code samples. This drastically improves the readability and usability of your samples, to say nothing of the fact that it can reduce your authoring time (sometimes dramatically). In this hands-on session, we'll set up a syntax highlighter in a sample Flare project. After this session, you'll be ready to implement a syntax highlighter in your own project.

Session Topics: MadCap Flare

Tuesday

Track 19:30 - 10:30

How Did You Do That? Ten Hidden Tricks That Every MadCap Flare User Should Know

We are all familiar with MadCap Flare's major features that enhance our authoring experience. But what about the little things that don't get as much attention or aren't as obvious in the interface? Have you ever looked through all the buttons on the Flare interface and wondered what they do and what you're missing? Have you ever considered all the options on a right-click context menu and made a mental note that you should look into some of them? In this session, we're going to look at ten of the small and hidden Flare features that every Flare user must know. Join Daniel Ferguson as he shares the Flare features that have produced the eye-popping "How did you do that?" moments for his clients.

Session Topics: MadCap Flare

Wednesday

Advanced Training 18:00 - 9:00

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

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

Wednesday

Advanced Training 19:10 - 10:10

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

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

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