Christchurch Branch Event – There and Back Again: A UK XML Tale

In 2008, James McLaughlin left Christchurch to work in the UK. For the last 8 years, he has been creating documentation in Cambridge using XML-based Docbook and DITA CCMS systems.

In this talk, James describes how these systems work and why they are extremely powerful tools for some forms of documentation but a hindrance for others. He concludes by reflecting on his experiences in the UK workplace.

Where and when

Streamliners, 4 Acton Street, Christchurch Central map

Wednesday 15 February. 5:30 pm networking. Meeting from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm.


The cost includes nibbles and drinks.

People who register via the website:

  • Members $11.50 incl GST.
  • Non-members $17.25 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

People who pay at the door:

  • Members 15.00 incl GST
  • Non-members $20.00 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

Note: Members = members of TechCommNZ and affiliated organisations: NZATD, TWIA, PRINZ

About the speaker

James McLaughlin has been a technical author for 12 years. After completing the Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication at CPIT, he began his career at Trimble in Christchurch.

In 2008, James moved to the UK where he worked for CSR, Samsung, and Qualcomm, creating documentation for integrated circuits. He has now returned to Christchurch to be closer to family.

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