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The Premier Technical Communication
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October 3-6, 2021

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Ray Davis

Technical Writing Manager, Medtronic

Ray Davis manages an international team of technical writers creating service and repair instructions for surgical navigation systems, three dimensional x-ray scanners, and surgical robots. He has more than 20 year of experience documenting hardware, software, and business processes.

Ray Davis manages an international team of technical writers creating service and repair instructions for surgical navigation systems, three dimensional x-ray scanners, and surgical robots. He has more than 20 year of experience documenting hardware, software, and business processes.


Monday

Track 210:15 - 11:10

The Art and Science of Rapid Prototyping in MadCap Flare

Rapid prototyping is most often associated with engineering and 3D printing. It's the ability to make something out of nothing, quickly, to show in a realistic way how it works in the real world. Learn how we used MadCap Flare to create a responsive HTML service manual. Using multiple targets, we created prototypes from live projects for presentation to upper management, feasibility studies, and requirements gathering. That's the science. The art is a method of collaboration that is common to FDA inspections where one writer presents to management while another listens in and makes changes in real-time. Learn how this way of collaborating, coupled with the versatility and speed of Flare's build process, allowed us to rapidly prototype a responsive HTML service manual, add functionality on-the-fly to address requirements, and ultimately build a more robust prototype than would have been possible using a traditional site-building approach.

Tuesday

Track 411:00 - 12:00

Breaking the Build Event Horizon

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. Build events are a powerful way to automate changes to your content before and after you build your project. This presentation is a demonstration of what’s possible with build events, from the obscure to the obvious. Additionally, I look at these scripts line-by-line and explain the logic behind each command. Finally, I take a deep-dive into the real-world challenges of implementing XSL-based build events, issues of portability and re-usability in a multi-writer environment.

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