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The Premier Technical Communication and Learning & Development Conference | June12-15, 2022

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The Premier Technical Communication
and Learning & Development Conference

June 12-15, 2022

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Jay Slagle

Writer and Editor, Certified Madcap Advanced Developer for Flare, JB Strand Publications

A technical writer by profession, Jay Slagle began his journey with MadCap Flare in 2007, quickly realizing that Flare was the tool technical writers needed for the Internet age. After becoming a certified Flare developer in 2015, Jay began work as an independent Flare consultant, assisting clients in the fields of government, law, education, healthcare, and technology. A specialist in designing Flare templates for HTML and PDF outputs, Jay is constantly looking for new ways to enhance Flare outputs using the power of CSS.

A technical writer by profession, Jay Slagle began his journey with MadCap Flare in 2007, quickly realizing that Flare was the tool technical writers needed for the Internet age. After becoming a certified Flare developer in 2015, Jay began work as an independent Flare consultant, assisting clients in the fields of government, law, education, healthcare, and technology. A specialist in designing Flare templates for HTML and PDF outputs, Jay is constantly looking for new ways to enhance Flare outputs using the power of CSS.


Monday

Track 110:15 - 11:10

A Unified Approach to Multiple Brands

Can you create outputs for different brands or products, using different logos, fonts, and colors, without creating a bunch of skins and stylesheets? With a good strategy and some clever techniques, the answer is yes. While touching on the standard Flare tools (conditional text, variables, and snippets) for handling different outputs, this session focuses on features such as stylesheet variables and stylesheet imports, which allow you to change how your HTML5 and PDF outputs look while minimizing the number of skins, template pages, and page layouts you need to create.

Tuesday

Track 311:00 - 12:00

Toolbar Tricks

The workhorse of a topic page, the toolbar provides a wealth of functions, from navigating between topics, to expanding and collapsing dropdowns, and much more. Starting with the basics of setting up a Flare toolbar skin, this session demonstrates how to use a stylesheet to specify the button icons, how to position the toolbar on the topic page, and how to create special effects when a reader taps or mouses over a toolbar icon.

Wednesday

Advanced Workshop 110:30 - 11:30

Fun with Flexbox

What is flexbox? Simply put, a flex layout is a CSS technique for creating responsive layouts such as clickable menu tiles. As its name implies, a flex layout provides a flexible means for adjusting an HTML5 layout automatically to fit different kinds of content. This makes flexbox a great way to add visual pizzazz to your HTML5 outputs by accommodating content that changes frequently. This workshop discusses the advantages (many) and disadvantages (a few) of using flexbox layouts in Flare. It covers manual layouts in which you fashion your own content from text, images, and links, as well as automated layouts constructed from Flare TOC proxies.

Session Topics: Advanced Workshop

Wednesday

Advanced Workshop 111:40 - 12:40

Fun with Flexbox

What is flexbox? Simply put, a flex layout is a CSS technique for creating responsive layouts such as clickable menu tiles. As its name implies, a flex layout provides a flexible means for adjusting an HTML5 layout automatically to fit different kinds of content. This makes flexbox a great way to add visual pizzazz to your HTML5 outputs by accommodating content that changes frequently. This workshop discusses the advantages (many) and disadvantages (a few) of using flexbox layouts in Flare. It covers manual layouts in which you fashion your own content from text, images, and links, as well as automated layouts constructed from Flare TOC proxies.

Session Topics: Advanced Workshop

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