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Technical Writing for Mobile Applications (SmartPhone Apps: Opportunities in Tech Comm)   NEW!

Smartphone application development has expanded rapidly since Apple opened the App store. For technical communicators this represents a new market for our services. It is also an area with numerous challenges in uncharted waters. You can get involved with app development by understanding the basics of mobile application creation. The first area of exploration is with user interface text. The reduced screen real estate of mobile devices put a great weight on the words and phrases appearing in the apps. The second area to explore is the delivery of your content. For training and user assistance content, providing your content as a web-based deliverable inside of an application has several advantages over embedding it in code.

* What words and phrases are best for optimal communication

* How micro-concise instructions regarding difficult concepts can significantly improve a users initial experience with the mobile app

* How much text to use within the minimal available screen estate

* How to best integrate content displayed on a desktop or laptop with that of the mobile app

* The vocabulary used by iPhone developers

* How to prototype with the iPhone SDK and simulator

This session will focus on the iPhone. However, the information can be generalized to other mobile platforms including Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian, and Blackberry. This session is technical in nature but does not require any experience with programming.


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