May 2019

In this month's TechCommWire: Robots might (or might not) be poised to take over technical writing, but we're not obsolete yet! Meredith talks about the future of work, and how to upskill and feel confident at work and at home. And speaking of skills: REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN for our 2019 Conference in Tauranga. For a tantalizing taste of what's on offer this year, check out Eithne Sweeney's Trim the mainsail! How speaking a common language helps organisations sustain their course. Then, Earnsy dives into the murky waters of Alt text in this quarter's What's the Evidence.

From the President

Lately I’ve been reading a bit about the future of work. I stumbled across this website “ Will robots take my job?” which worryingly predicts that Technical Writers have an 89% chance of being replaced by AI and robots. Weirdly, editors only have a 6% chance, graphic designers 8% and instructional coordinators is 0.4%... which begs the question: "is it our jobs or our skills we need to worry about?" Luckily we've got some fantastic workshops coming up, and some great opportunities to upskill and feel confident.

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Registrations are open!

This year’s Conference theme is all about the sustainability of our content and our profession.Join us for an exciting and inspiring three days of presentations and workshops designed to challenge, inform and reignite your passion for what you do.

We’ve got an awesome line-up of international and local speakers presenting a range of topics with an emphasis on sustainable content. Register now and get our earlybird discount.

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Eithne Sweeney: Trim the mainsail! How speaking a common language helps organisations sustain their course

Our future heavily relies on technical experts but there is a disconnect between the technical experts and the teams that work with them. Half the crew is calling to tighten or trim the sail and the other half is working to take the sail down and put a new one up. Join Eithne as she shows us how to navigate the world of technical communication, using simple, effective ways for every member of your crew to speak the same common language.

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Filling the gap between Academia and Industry: How to get the relevant skills for jobs in technical writing and localisation

The Master in Technical Communication and Localization (TCLoc ) has been created in response to the high demand for localization experts and technical writers worldwide. It combines part-time online learning with a career-oriented course which aims to help fill the skills gap in the international technical communication market.

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What's the Evidence? Alt text should be half a tweet long, they say

How would you know what an image was if you couldn’t see it? You’d need someone to describe it to you. That’s what alternative text (alt text) is: a text description of an image. It’s not a caption. It makes information accessible to everyone, including those who are blind or visually impaired, and anyone whose device doesn’t display images properly. But how much should you write?

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Australian Technical Communicators (ASTC) 2019 Annual Conference

Fancy a trip to Australia? This year, our sister organization is hosting their annual conference in Melbourne, at the stylish Rydges Hotel in the CDB! Friday 11 October – Saturday 12 October 2019.

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