Spectrum Spotlight: Tools and Technologies Track

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Tools and Technologies
HTML5--The Future of the World Wide Web
Alan Houser
The current popular version of the language of the World Wide Web is more than 10 years old. In the time since HTML 4 was originally designed, Web text and graphics have been supplemented by multimedia, Web applications, and rich interactivity.

HTML5 updates the language of the Web to more fully support the Web's current and future capabilities, and maintains the vision of a standards-based Web. This session will tell the story of how HTML5 development began, and will provide an overview of HTML5 features in six major categories: structure, semantics, interactivity, graphics, video, and Web application support.
Alan Houser is a distinguished consultant and trainer in the fields of XML, XML technologies, publishing workflows, and authoring and publishing tools. Alan holds an M.A. in Professional Writing and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Alan is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, and a popular presenter at technical communication conferences around the globe. Alan is currently serving the STC as conference manager for the 2011 STC Summit, and is a candidate for STC vice president, 2011-2012.
Tools and Technologies
PDF Collaboration
Karl Heinz Kremer
Document reviews with Adobe Acrobat: This presentation will give you an overview of what is possible with Adobe Acrobat and the free Adobe Reader in the world of document reviews. You will learn how to create email based and shared reviews, and how to collect the review feedback and incorporate the comments back into your Word document with just a few mouse clicks.Karl Heinz Kremer is the owner of KHKonsulting LLC and is performing PDF Acrobatics Without a Net on a daily basis by helping customers get the most out of Adobe Acrobat and PDF. This is done by either providing training or custom software development services. Karl Heinz has 15 years of experience working in the PDF environment for companies large and small. He is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) for Acrobat.
Tools and Technologies
Single Sourcing to the Max: Controlling Content for Mobile (and Other) Devices
Neil Perlin
The growth of the iPhone, iPad, Android, and similar devices and standards is giving new life to the mobile content space. However, several factors may make you hesitate before plunging into mobile development.

In this session, we’ll briefly look at mobile architecture options in general and the mobile outputs created by RoboHelp and Flare. We’ll then focus on how to create and control content so that it can be single sourced to anything from big-screen devices like PCs or laptops to tiny-screen devices like smartphones or eBook readers. Specifically, we’ll look at the single sourcing features that provide this control, with a focus on relative settings in CSSs, conditionality, and mediums.
Neil Perlin has 32 years of experience in technical communication, with 25 in training, consulting, and development for various types of online formats and tools including WinHelp, HTML Help, CE Help, RoboHelp, ForeHelp, Flare, and more. Neil is a columnist and a frequent speaker for STC and other groups, the creator and manager of the Beyond the Bleeding Edge stem at the STC summit, and an STC Fellow.

Neil is a Madcap certified Instructor for Flare and Mimic, and an Adobe-Certified Instructor for RoboHelp and Captivate. He provides training, consulting, and development for online help and documentation, Flare, RoboHelp, Mimic, Captivate, XML, single sourcing, and structured authoring through Hyper/Word Services of Tewksbury, MA. Neil can be reached at nperlin@concentric.ne and www.hyperword.com.
Tools and Technologies
Creating Software Simulations with Adobe Captivate
Alan Houser
Most people use Adobe Captivate to create demonstrations and assessments. An overlooked and powerful feature of Captivate is its ability to create software simulations, in which the user interacts with a realistic simulation of the software interface. Software simulations can be valuable for training, for testing, or even for rapid-prototyping of user interaction.

This session will focus on Adobe Captivate features for creating simulations. After a brief introduction to Adobe Captivate, including user interface and concepts, we will create and modify software simulations. We will create both training and assessment simulations. Finally, we will discuss how to set up Adobe Captivate projects so that you can easily publish demonstrations, training simulations, or assessment simulations from the same project.
Alan Houser is a distinguished consultant and trainer in the fields of XML, XML technologies, publishing workflows, and authoring and publishing tools. Alan holds an M.A. in Professional Writing and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Alan is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, and a popular presenter at technical communication conferences around the globe. Alan is currently serving the STC as conference manager for the 2011 STC Summit, and is a candidate for STC vice president, 2011-2012.