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AODC 2005
Hilton on the Park Melbourne 4th - 6th May 2005

The eighth annual Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference, AODC 2005, was held at the Hilton on the Park Melbourne Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th May. This was the biggest event of the year for anyone involved in corporate documentation, online Help, Web authoring and technical writing, with more than 100 professionals participating.

AODC 2005 featured 22 sessions covering techniques, technologies, tools and case studies, 13 international and local expert speakers, pre-conference workshops and a Vendor Exhibition. Session topics included structured authoring, XML, usability, editing, evolving English, Longhorn Help, using storyboards and prototypes, user assistance, dynamic HTML and case studies.

 Federation Square

Highlights included the fascinating session In Forme of Speche is Chaunge by Dr Kate Burridge, where we heard about yod-dropping, relic words, genital flip-flop and grammaticalisation. Joe Welinske's Web Technology Update, Rob Chandler's Longhorn Help and Tony Self's Where are We Going provided food for thought about our future, while Matthew Ellison's session Seven, Plus or Minus Two challenged a few truths from the past.

The TechWriter Placements Welcome Reception was a great end to the first day of the conference, and provided an opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and network with the leading professionals that come along to AODC. "Uncle" Dave's Trivia Night at the historic Coopers Inn was highly entertaining, with no one catching on until the very end that the answer to every single question was "false"!

Networking by the 


Footy Friday was a perfectly relaxed way to end AODC 2005. Melbourne turned on a magnificent sunny day for delegates to enjoy a kick-around outside the MCG, and the Hilton's Chef put on a spectacular footy themed buffet lunch.

On Tuesday 3rd May, the day before the Conference proper, two specialised workshops were conducted: Authoring Tools, Workflows and Paradigms presented by Matthew Ellison and Usability Testing presented by Scott DeLoach.

The AODC 2005 Photo Album


HyperWrite would like to thank our 2005 sponsors and exhibitors for their support.

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Panvia Skillgate
Microsoft ComponentOne

Christchurch Polytechnic
Monarch Computing Services

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 WritersUA, 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.

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