- International Headquarters
- Includes history, information about competitions and conferences, member directory, job listings, and related material.
Some content requires a membership login.
- Membership information - Offers information about the various membership levels.
- Renewal page - Allows current members to renew their memberships online.
- Intercom Online - Offers a browseable archive of PDF versions of magazine issues from January 2005. Also offers a searchable archive of earlier issues.
- STC Member Forum - Readable by everyone but membership is only open to STC members.
- STCWiki - Currently contains data about all chapters and SIGs and the start of a technical writing glossary.
- STC.org chapter search - Searchable database of all current STC chapters worldwide
- Other STC Chapters near Ottawa: Toronto STC | Montreal STC | Southwestern Ontario STC
Grammar and Language Blogs
Technical Writing Blogs
- Boxes and Arrows
- Creating Passionate Users -
Blog by several authors of the Head First books from O'Reilly.
- Darren Barefoot -
Former tech writer blogs about life in Vancouver.
- Don't Call Me Tina - Former president Holly Harkness's blog.
- Helpstuff Blog -
Char James Tanney's blog.
- I'd Rather Be Writing -
Blog of Tom Johnson, president of STC Suncoast chapter
- Mike Davidson -
An ongoing experiment in communication design
- Monkey Pi - To quote the site itself: "An escapee from a government contractor's test lab, the monkey lives in hiding, hacking away at the keyboard to bring you random thoughts, stories, news, and graphics. Depending on his mood, he may be informative, amusing, obnoxious, or inane."
- Scott on Writing -
Scott Mitchell, editor and founder of 4GuysFromRolla.com.
- Smart Tech Writing -
Devoted to technical writing and technical writers.
- Technical Communication -
Adobe's techcomm blog.
- Technical Writers of India -
Paul Pehrson's blog about technical writing and other interests
- Technical Writing and Editing's Journal -
Livejournal's techwriting community.
- Technically Speaking -
Paul Pehrson's blog about technical writing and other interests.
- The Content Wrangler - Scott Abel's community blog, which features articles by a variety of authors as well as event listings.
- The Creative Tech Writer - Formerly a technical writing blog by
Jenny L. Berger. Now more of a general blog but there are still some relevant posts.
- Usable Help -
Gordon Meyers's blog.
- Will Kelly -
The personal Weblog of Will Kelly where he writes about everyday things, technical writing, and the technology industry.
- Words on a Page -
Scott Nesbitt's blog.
- Great User Docs
- Offers a free "Great User Documents" course as well as a number of interesting user documentation articles.
Igetitnow! Training, Inc.
- "Great Technical Writing" Series
- "New Technical Writer" Series
- "In-House User Documents" Series
- <additional links coming soon>
- Writers UA 2008 - March 16-19, 2008, in Portland, Oregonl.
- DocTrain UX - Held a couple of times a year.
DocTrain East 2007 is October 16-20, 2007, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Technical Communication Summit - June 1-4, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [2007 session materials]
- UPA 2008 - June 16-20, 2008, in Baltimore, Maryland.
- LavaCon - October 27-30, 2007, in New Orleans, LA.
Grammar & Style
- EEI Press - Publishers of The Editorial Eye, a newsletter for editors. They also publish a number of reference books for editors, including: "The Copyeditor's Guide to Substance & Style", "The Great Grammar Challenge", "Mark My Words", and "Stet Again!".
- The Slot - Blog, books, and articles from Bill Walsh, national desk copy chief for the Washington Post and author of the books " Lapsing Into a Comma" and "The Elephants of Style".
- Editors' Association of Canada
- American Copy Editors Society
Documentation/Help Authoring Tools
- HAT Matrix - Char James-Tanney's database of help authoring tools, trainers, and consultants. Includes program details, reviews, company information, and tool comparison. Note: It only includes vendors who have paid to be included.
Help Authoring Tips and Tricks (HATT) Yahoo Group - Discussion mailing list for online help authors.
Author-it (Author-it Software Corporation)
- Author-it - New Zealand-based company. Offers a trial version of their Windows-based program as well as trial access to their Web-based version. Costs anywhere from $2,000 to $150,000, depending on size of company/team.
- Author-it Yahoo Group - Official discussion group.
- ComponentOne: Doc-to-Help - Includes forums as well as articles, datasheets and other supporting documentation. Free trial version. Costs $900 ($500 for upgrade).
FAR HTML (The Helpware Group)
- FAR HTML -
FAR HTML is a collection of file and HTML Help tools for writers. Shareware: two-month fully functioning trial version available for download. Site includes download, newsletter, and blog.
- FAR Yahoo Group - Discussions about FAR HTML.
Flare (MadCap Software)
- Adobe: FrameMaker - Includes overview, features, guides, and trial version.
- FrameUsers.com - Online user group and reference site. Includes news and mailing list.
- FrameMaker Tutorials - Collection of tutorials for FrameMaker 7, 6, and 5.5.6 as well as links to related sites.
- Mendem Concord: Tutorials - Small collection of FrameMaker tutorials from technical writing consulting company.
- Carmen Publishing - Offers plugins, scripts, and FrameScript tutorials.
- FrameMaker Tips - Offers tips to make FrameMaker easier to use.
- Free Framers - Community offering a mailing list, collaborative wiki, and archive of the old InFrame magazine site. Bit out-of-date but the archives are useful.
- Wikipedia: FrameMaker - History of the software.
Help & Manual (EC Software)
- 4.ST: HelpServer - Offers an overview, feature summary, FAQs, user guide, and downloadable and CD evaluation versions.
- Innovasys: HelpStudio - Offers an overview, feature summary, knowledge base, and downloadable evaluation version.
HyperText Studio (Olson Software)
Windows Help (Microsoft)
- Justsystems: XMetaL - Includes technical information, demos, and downloadable 30-day trial versions.
Image Manipulation Tools
PaintShop Pro (Corel)
TNT Screen Capture (EC Software)
Tutorial/Video Creation Tools
Camtasia Studio (Techsmith)
<additional links coming soon>
Web Development Links
General Resources, Other Lists of Links
- BairdBenefitsPlus -
Group insurance program offered exclusively to Canadian STC members through G.R.Baird Financial Group Inc. Go to the site below, click on Login and apply for access.