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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
# 12:32:00 AM:

Onscreen editing with Microsoft Word: SFU Harbour Centre, 15 May 2004

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If you're interested in learning the basics about how to use Microsoft Word for editing documents, I'll be teaching a course on the subject on the afternoon of Saturday, May 15, 2004 at Simon Fraser University's downtown Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver. You can register online, and if you're a member of the Editors' Association of Canada, you get a $24 Cdn discount off the $99 fee. Such a deal.

Here's the writeup:

Microsoft Word tries to be everything to everyone, with mixed results, and sometimes tries too hard to be helpful. Yet a solid knowledge of its on-screen editing features—from tracking changes by multiple contributors, to language and spelling customizations, to tools for style sheets and tables of contents—can bring you more work.

Learn some tips and tricks, and find out both how Word can help you with other types of files (plain text, HTML, and even PDF), and when it might be best to convert Word documents to another format (or print them out) before working with them.

Derek K. Miller has worked as a writer and editor for nearly 20 years, specializing lately in technical communications work for technology companies. His first word processor was "Magic Window" for the Apple II, and in addition to text-processing software on university mainframes, he has used nearly every version of Microsoft Word for Macintosh and PC released since the 1980s. Derek is the 2003-2004 Program Chair for EAC-BC.

Saturday, May 15, 2004
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SFU Harbour Centre, 1330 IBM Lab North
515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver BC

I'll be covering Word's editing features for those who haven't used them before, i.e. those who are familiar with Word for typing up basic documents, but who haven't used its style sheets, change tracking, multiple dictionaries, and other editing features much or at all.

I also plan to be speaking again to the "What Editors Do" course in SFU's Writing and Publishing Program, at 6:30 p.m. on February 11, 2004. This will be my third appearance there.


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