The parson mug prize draw #6

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A year in London. I am not just missing my sock

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Recommend+To? A Clear Recommendation

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DITA, Flare, and the Museum of User Assistance

This year's conference for user assistance professionals, the UA Europe, took place in Southampton, UK.

The weather in South England was pleasant and so was the atmosphere at the conference. Its participants came from all over the world. It met colleagues from Scandinavia, New Zealand, Poland, Hungary, Germany, and the US.
As every year, Matthew Ellison performed his pre-conference survey about the tools and technologies used for technical documentation. The results were surprisingly different from the ones of the survey presented by tekom (European Association for Technical Communication)* at the last spring conference. According to the UA Europe survey, more than 20 % of the participants name DITA as their technology of interest, and about 32 % use MadCap Flare.

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Formats and tools in technical documentation. © UA Europe

Memories were evoked at the Museum of User Assistance. Do you remember how Windows 3.1.1 worked? You could have (re-)learned it there.

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The UA Europe 2016 will take place in Budapest in Hungary from June 9-10. I already look forward to it.

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