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Information about STC and related conferences.

STC Summit

The Accessibility SIG developed an accessibility guide for the STC annual conference for many years. In recent years the conference hotel has provided accessibility information. The materials presented at annual conference sessions constitute a significant part of the body of knowledge developed by the Accessibility SIG. Visit the STC Summit website for information about the next conference.
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Conference Session Materials

This page identifies conference materials for the years 2000 through 2008 and provides links to the materials posted on this website. The links are being fixed as quickly as possible offline (October 10, 2015).

55th International STC Technical Communication Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008

  • Accessibility SIG Members Roadmap a guide to the 2008 accessibility-related sessions (88 KB .pdf)
  • Speaker sign (38 KB .pdf)
  • The STC Accessibility Guide to make conference attendance and travel easier and more manageable for all members of STC
  • Assessing Accessibility of Websites for Users with Disabilities (DA 6A) – Mini-Workshop by Jennifer Jobst, University of Texas at Austin; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Sarah Swierenga, PhD, Michican State University
  • Assessing the Usability and Usefulness of Tech-Mediated Communication (AR F) – Research Report by Cheryl Geisler; Roger A. Grice
  • Communicating and Creating Training for Disasters and Emergencies (DD B) – Discussion by Eve Dumovich, The Boeing Company; Judith Herr, Well Chosen Words; Lori Gillen, McKesson Health Solutions; Trina Grieshaber, BloodCenter of Wisconsin (1.4 MB .zip no longer online)
  • Communicating and Creating Training for Disasters and Emergencies (DD B) – An Encouraging Exercise: Technical Communicators bring valuable capabilities by Judith Herr, Well Chosen Words (12 KB .zip no longer online)
  • Communication Strategies of Successful Virtual Teams (MP 5D) – Discussion by Andrea Ames, IBM; Geoffrey J.S. Hart, Self-employed; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Jan Pejovic, SunGard Higher Education (264 KB .zip no longer online)
  • Communication Strategies of Successful Virtual Teams (MP 5D) – Virtual Teams Bibliography by Andrea Ames, IBM; Geoffrey J.S. Hart, Self-employed; Lisa R. Pappas, SAS Institute Inc.; Jan Pejovic, SunGard Higher Education (40 KB .pdf)
  • Designing for Search (DA 7A) – Presentation by Caroline Jarrett; Whitney Quesenbery (1.4 MB .pdf)
  • Developing content for the International Marketplace (GLT 9F) – Presentation by Butch Pfremmer, Welocalize
  • Home Page Usability – Communicating Your Value (DA 9N) Featured Speaker by Daniel Szuc
  • Pictures and Profits: Innovations in Visual Instruction and Multi-ethnic Usability Research (DA 8C) – Presentation by Patrick Hofmann, Google (1.7 MB .pdf no longer online)
  • Show and Tell: Building Usability into E-learning (DA 11B) – Presentation by Carol Barnum, Southern Polytechnic State Univ. (286.1 KB .pdf)
  • Technical Communication Body of Knowledge I: A Framework for Moving Forward (AR 4I) by David D. Dayton; Michael A. Hughes, PhD, IBM Internet Security Systems; Hillary Hart; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (124 KB .pdf)
  • Technical Communication Body of Knowledge II: Open Forum for Discussion and Feedback (AR 9H) – Discussion Presentation by David D. Dayton; Michael A. Hughes, PhD, IBM Internet Security Systems; Hillary Hart; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc., Nancy W. Coppola; Marjorie T. Davis, School of Engineering, Tech Comm Dept.; Daphne R. Walmer; Mark Hanigan, On the Write Track (4 KB .pdf no longer online)
  • The ABCs of Documentation Usability Testing (DA A) – Mini-Workshop by Leah Guren (740 KB .pdf)
  • Trends in User Research (DA 5B) – Discussion by Jean Anderson, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.; Karen L Bachmann, Seascape Consulting, Inc.; Whitney Quesenbery; Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.; Todd Zaki Warfel, Messagefirst
  • Using Content Management to Improve Content Quality (CMI 9G) – Featured Speaker”by Steve Manning, The Rockley Group
  • Writing as an Asynchronous Conversation (DD 7J) – Featured Speaker by Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (2 MB .pdf)
  • Handout for Writing as an Asynchronous Conversation (DD 7J) by Janice (Ginny) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc. (24 KB .pdf)

54th International STC Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007

53rd International STC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006

52nd International STC Conference in Seattle, Washington, 2005

51st International STC Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, 2004

50th International STC Conference in Dallas, Texas, 2003

48th International STC Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 13-16, 2001

47th International STC Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 21-24, 2000

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Photos from 2009 STC Tech Comm Summit, Atlanta, GA

Photos of the conference taken by Rachel Houghton and Cynthia A. Lockley are up. So far there are 13 photos available. If anyone else has photos to add to the SIG's conference collection, please use the Contact Us form to let us know.
Accessibility SIG breakfast meeting
In the photo, left to right: Whitney Quesenbery, Lisa Pappas, Linda Roberts, Karen Mardhl (with camera), Shawn Henry. Photo credit: Cynthia A Lockley.
This year's conference photos are at All our photo collections are at

Recording of Similar David Pogue Keynote Found

David Pogue, the Keynote speaker at the STC 2009 conference, gave one of the funniest keynotes we've ever had. It was a shame that it wasn't recorded. However, I found a recording of a similar keynote address he gave to TED last year. The first half is similar to the one he gave to us and the second half contains two more songs. The recording is at Talks David Pogue: "When it comes to tech, simplicity sells" :

There is also a video on YouTube of his closing song, iPhone: The Music Video:

New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology's worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

David has a brief bio on his site at

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, "Pogue's Posts."

David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Shenandoah Conservatory.

He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives with his wife and three young children in Connecticut. His website is

The Conference Accessibility Guide for Atlanta

The conference accessibility guide - 8th year in a row! - has been live on the conference site for two months. Additional material is available, as always, on our permanent page for the conference accessibility guides. We tooted our horn on our SIG discussion list and on Twitter - and we forgot to blog about it!

Thank yous

Let's have a huge round of applause for SIG member Brenda Huettner who organized this year's guide. The STC Atlanta host chapter had a fantastic attitude about this, which should set a precedence for future guides: they took for granted that they should assist with collecting information. It was regarded as all in the line of duty for a host chapter. That is how accessibility should be - a natural part of any project! Al Hood and Carol Boe from the STC Atlanta chapter deserve a special round of applause, too.

More to come

The guide on the conference site is actually a collection of pages, and not a PDF that was also printed in the past to be handed out at the conference. As you plan your trip, you print the pages you need to take with you on the trip, or you can download to a convenient gadget of your choice. We sincerely hope that all attendees will find useful information in the accessibility information collected in the links provided here. We will continue to update the permanent page for the guide, as well as broadcast tips on our Twitter account, @stcaccess, up to and during the conference. If you want to share some tips, please do so - here in the comments section or on Twitter. And for those traveling to Atlanta - have a safe and pleasant trip!