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Matthew Ellison

Director, UA Europe

Matthew runs UA Europe, an independent UK-based company that specializes in user assistance design and development. He has over 25 years of experience as a user assistance professional, including a period in the US as Director of the WritersUA Conference. Matthew is a MadCap Flare Certified Instructor and regularly presents training on Flare for students in Europe and other parts of the world. He is a past winner of the Horace Hockley award that is presented annually by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC).

MadWorld 2017 Sessions Presented by Matthew Ellison:

Monday, April 3

10:00-10:55 AM

Maximizing Re-use within MadCap Flare

Track 2 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • Content Re-use

This session helps you to be more efficient and to reduce maintenance time by re-using your information in a variety of powerful ways. We'll look at Snippets and Variables, and we'll see how these items can be shared between multiple projects. The session will also demonstrate a range of techniques for increasing the flexibility of your re-usable components. These techniques include Snippet conditions, overriding a snippet variable definition for a topic, and overriding a variable definition for a target. We'll consider real-life scenarios within which each of these techniques could save you significant time and money.

Tuesday, April 4

9:30-10:25 AM

Introduction to MadCap Mimic

Track 1 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • Multimedia

This session, presented by Matthew Ellison, introduces the key features of MadCap Mimic. It explains how to create a simple Mimic Movie that provides both demonstration and interaction, and shows how easy it is to integrate the movie into a Flare project.

Wednesday, April 5

3:45-5:45 PM

Autonumbering – Everything But The Kitchen Sink

MadCap Flare has a powerful autonumbering capability that, due to its flexibility and complexity, is often not fully understood and is consequently under-used. You can, of course, use it to add legal style numbering to your headings for PDF documents – but did you know that autonumbering can also be used for numbered lists (giving you full control over the hanging indent and the format of the number) and to add a text prefix to specific paragraphs types such as notes and warnings? This workshop covers autonumbering comprehensively and in detail – from a basic introduction to the available commands in the Auto-Number Format dialog, to advanced techniques for controlling the format and flow of autonumbering.