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AODC 2004
Manly Pacific Sydney 28th to 30th April 2004

The 7th Annual Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference was held at the Manly Pacific, Sydney NSW - seven miles from Sydney CBD, and a thousand miles from care. Many suggested it was the best AODC ever! Certainly the Conference venue overlooking Manly beach was great, the sessions were interesting and relevant, and both speakers and delegates enjoyed meeting each other and discussing common issues.

Highlights included the hilarious "new product launch" session. Alan Pentland, the well known comedian but less well known technical writer, delivered a highly entertaining hoax, purporting to demonstrate a revolutionary new documentation tool, "Notepad XS Pro." Perfect sunny weather set the scene for the picnic lunch on the last day of the conference, with beach cricket proving to be a hit with some, while a walk to "The Block" was a drawcard for others.

The social side of the agenda got off to a great start at the MacroMedia Welcome Reception. Many of us then went on to dinner at one of Manly's many restaurants. The Trivia Night was fabulous, with 41 The Steyne proving to be a magnificent venue. Although not all were in agreement with Tony Self's creative scoring technique, the "Natural Blondes" were worthy winners of the Manly Beach souvenir beanies and the amazing electronic shoe-shiner.

On Tuesday 27th April, the day before the Conference proper, two specialised workshops were conducted: Online Interactivity Techniques presented by Dave Gash and Separating Format from Content with CSS presented by Char James-Tanny.

The AODC 2004 Photo Album

About AODC

Since the very first Australasian Online Documentation Conference in Melbourne in 1998, the conference has developed a reputation as the premier event for technical writers, help developers, Web authors and documentation developers from Australia and New Zealand. Our speaker list reads like a Who's Who of documentation, as we strive to ensure that experts in techniques and technologies are available to share their knowledge and expertise. The conference is also a great place to network with other documentation professionals.

AODC is jointly hosted by HyperWrite and WinWriters, organisers of the famous Online Help Conference in the US. HyperWrite is an Australian hypertext and Internet company that has been a local pioneer and continuing leader in online documentation development.

Please join us in Melbourne in 2005, back where it all began, for the Eighth Annual Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference!


HyperWrite would like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, who contribute greatly to the success of this event.

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