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AODC 2008Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast, Queensland

14th - 16th May 2008

One of best AODCs ever, the eleventh annual Australasian Online Documentation and Content Conference, AODC 2008, was held at the Mantra Legends Hotel on Queensland's Gold Coast from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th May. An enthusiastic and friendly group of professionals involved in corporate documentation, online Help, Web authoring and technical writing gathered for three days of thought-provoking sessions, interesting discussions and networking. Even the weather was perfect!

AODC 2008 featured almost 20 focussed sessions covering techniques, technologies, tools and case studies, presented by international and local expert speakers. Session topics include DITA, structured authoring, CSS, writing, usability, grammar,  Web technology, estimating documentation projects, guided Help and case studies. For all the details, see the agenda.

Two optional pre-conference workshops were held on Tuesday 13th May; "Introduction to DITA" and "Getting the very best from Adobe Captivate 3". There was also complimentary "Welcome to Online Documentation" primer session held in the evening, presented by Joe Welinske.

The Swinburne University Welcome Reception was a lively affair after the first day's session on Wednesday. There was conversation, networking and socialising aplenty as well as lots of drinks and trays of delicious snacks. Afterwards, many went out to enjoy dinner together at an Irish Bar.

The infamous Trivia Night was held at the Gold Coast Commerce Club, and did not disappoint. Our host "Uncle" Dave had a set of amusing and perplexing questions on topics as diverse as the Beatles, history and even AODC delegates. Luckily for eventual winners "Penny and the Jets", knowledge helped, but it all came down to an all or nothing gamble on the last question.


HyperWrite greatly appreciates our sponsors and exhibitors, who contribute greatly to the success of this event. We would like to thank our 2008 sponsors Swinburne University, MadCap Software, Author-it Software and CSOFT.


Swinburne University

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.