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If you’re not able to attend Documentation and Training East 2007, don’t fret. The organizers will be streaming two days of original programming over Internet radio. All you need is a web browser, a PC with some speakers, and a connection to the internet.

Made possible by the folks at, the DocTrain East radio shows take place October 18-19, 2007 (schedule below) and will be broadcast live from the event venue. Listeners will be able to ask questions of the guests via email or phone (toll-free in the U.S.). The shows feature interviews with experts attending the conference who will discuss a variety of hot topics in the technical communication and training arena. MyTechnologyLawyer’s Scott Draughon will co-host the show along with Indiana-based technology journalist, Diane Wieland.

To listen to the live broadcast visit the radio show website. Click ”Listen Now” to hear the audio. If you’d like to ask a question of the guests, call-in toll free at 866-685-7469 or send an email to

Show Schedule, Thursday, October 18, 2007

  • 10:00-11:00am ET – “Why Software Sucks” with guest author and keynote presenter, David Platt, Rolling Thunder Computing; also “Changing User Expectations” with guest Kelly Stirman, MarkLogic
  • 11:00-12noon ET – “Convergence and the new Adobe Technical Communication Suite” with RJ Jacquez, Adobe Systems; also “Content Component Management” with Chip Gettinger, Astoria Software
  • 2:00-3:00pm ET – “Why Content Management” with Mary Laplante, Gilbane Group; also “What is Dynamic Publishing?” with Joe Gollner, Stilo International
  • 3:00-4:00pm ET – “Localization and Translation” with Christine Fidura, SDL; also “Controlled Vocabularies” with Kent Taylor, Acrolinx

Show Schedule, Friday, October 19, 2007

  • 9:00-10:00am ET – “DITA Storm: The DITA Wiki” with Alex Karezin; also “DITA in Technical Publications” with Harvey Greenburg, XyEnterprise and Peter Vellikin, PTC
  • 10:00-11:00am ET – “Getting Writer’s To Adopt Structured XML Authoring” with Amanda Cross; also “Change Management Challenges” with Emma Hamer, Strategy A; also “Content Management Options” with Dan Dube,
  • 11:00-12noon ET – “XML Authoring in an MS Word Environment” with Michael Boses, Invision Research; also “Cool Tools for Tech Writers Under $100 Bucks” with Nicky Bleiel, Component One