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The Premier Technical Communication
and Learning & Development Conference

June 12-15, 2022

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Ray Davis

Senior Technical Writer, Alcon

Ray Davis graduated with a master’s degree in technical communication and has spent much of the last twenty years writing about medical devices and patient management. As a technical writing manager, he led a team of writers documenting large inter-operative medical systems. As a senior technical writer, he has written about those same capital systems and documented patient management systems. Outside of work, he’s a home theatre enthusiast and has managed to incorporate that into multiple presentations, including here at Madworld.

Ray Davis graduated with a master’s degree in technical communication and has spent much of the last twenty years writing about medical devices and patient management. As a technical writing manager, he led a team of writers documenting large inter-operative medical systems. As a senior technical writer, he has written about those same capital systems and documented patient management systems. Outside of work, he’s a home theatre enthusiast and has managed to incorporate that into multiple presentations, including here at Madworld.


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.