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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

Jay Slagle is an independent consultant and certified MadCap Software Advanced Developer who is passionate about using CSS to enhance the power of MadCap Flare. After discovering MadCap Software tools over a decade ago while working as a technical writer in Seattle, he has designed and implemented Flare projects for clients in government, law, education, healthcare, and technology. When he’s not occupied with all things Flare, Jay writes fiction under the pen name JB Strand.

Jay Slagle is an independent consultant and certified MadCap Software Advanced Developer who is passionate about using CSS to enhance the power of MadCap Flare. After discovering MadCap Software tools over a decade ago while working as a technical writer in Seattle, he has designed and implemented Flare projects for clients in government, law, education, healthcare, and technology. When he’s not occupied with all things Flare, Jay writes fiction under the pen name JB Strand.


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

Wednesday

Advanced Workshop 111:40 - 12:40

Fun with Flexbox (Continued)

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