On Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Santa Clara at the IHOP, the STC Silicon Valley chapter hosted WritersUA president Joe Welinske’s presentation “Development Techniques for User Assistance in SmartPhone Applications.”
More technical communicators are developing help content for smartphone apps everyday. Welinske talked about the basics of mobile applications for the Google Android, Apple iPhone/iPad and Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 platforms. The smaller screen size dictates what text is most effective on the interface. While this may seem constraining there is some good news. Since the content is delivered over the web in an app there is no app review process. It is not embedded and can be updated anytime without needing programming resources.
Welinske demonstrated interfaces from Apress, Quickoffice and Timewerks. The iPhone/iPad development environment uses Apple OSX Snow Leopard, iPhone SDK, Interface Builder, Objective-C and Webkit. The more complicated Android development environment uses Java, Eclipse project editor, multiple AVDs and UI text in files and text strings. The Windows Mobile 7 development environment uses Silverlight, firm hardware specs and Visual Studio. No matter what platform it is a good idea to brush up on your HTML.
I highly recommend seeing Welinske and other UA experts at the conference for User Assistance in Long Beach, California from March 13-16th. Additional information can be found at www.writersua.com.
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