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Neil Perlin

President, Hyper/Word Services

Neil is an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online content in all forms from online help to apps. He is MadCap Certified for MadCap Flare and MadCap Mimic and a long-time Flare and Mimic trainer and consultant. He is the author of various books on Flare and Mimic, and "Creating Mobile Apps Without Coding". Neil writes columns and articles for various industry publications and is a popular conference speaker. Reach him at nperlin@nperlin.cnc.net.

MadWorld 2017 Sessions Presented by Neil Perlin:

Monday, April 3

1:30-2:25 PM

Harnessing the Power of MadCap Flare’s Stylesheet Editor

Track 1 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • CSS

MadCap Flare’s stylesheet feature may be the most powerful in the industry. Learning how to use stylesheets and implement their options will make you a more effective Flare author, but it can be confusing at first if you're new to Flare and styles. That’s the subject of this presentation. We’ll first review the basic logic behind stylesheets. We’ll then look at different parts of the stylesheet editor, including the predefined styles and different ways to list them, predefined properties and different ways to change them, the concept behind stylesheet mediums, and more. You’ll leave this session with a solid grounding in the theory and use of Flare’s stylesheet editor.

Tuesday, April 4

4:00-4:55 PM

Upgrading Legacy Projects to Handle Responsive Output

Track 2 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • Legacy Projects

Responsive output opens new venues for technical communication; we can create outputs for almost any device from PCs to smartphones. But old projects can be hard to make responsive because they often have features that don’t support responsive output well or at all – local formatting, graphics inserted by using hidden tables, fixed-width tables, excessive content, information in large, static tables, and more. And what about changing “click” to “tap” as the output displays on different devices? This presentation first reviews responsive output’s rationale and technology. It then looks at technical and design problems and presents solutions. Finally, we’ll look at some code that can be used in topics and a CSS to automatically change “click” to “tap” as the screen scales, solving a long-standing writing problem. You’ll leave this presentation with a solid understanding of how to deal with legacy project problems and how to improve your projects going forward.

Wednesday, April 5

10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Consistency is Key: How MadCap Flare Provides It for Multi-Project, Multi-Author, and Multi-Output Environments

In this session, we’ll discuss the common problems of consistency in multi-project, multi-author, multi-output environments and how MadCap Flare helps authors solve these issues. Join Neil Perlin in a discussion that covers creating custom topic templates, sharing content and control files across multiple projects, creating custom wording using variables and more - all under the theme of consistency.