Staff

Dave Gardiner

Dave is the principal of Xmplar, and has been a qualified professional editor since obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from the University of Southern Queensland in 2006. He is currently studying the tekom first-level certificate in technical communication.

Clients include:

Department of Climate Change
Environmental Protection Authority, Queensland
Monash University
National Water Commission
The Australian National University
University of Copenhagen

Memberships: Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC), Society for Technical Communication (STC), Australian Society for Technical Communication (NSW).

Web development: XSLT, XSL-FO and CSS style sheet development, XML-based production of WebHelp technical documentation (DocBook and DITA), SVG design for interactive visual documents, HTML editing.

Specializations: Development of scalable vector graphics interactive documentation. Design of XML-based ebook production stylesheets (cop-e-boox). Redrawing of figures, charts and maps using Adobe Illustrator. Scientific and technical document editing and desktop publishing of books and reports.

Professional contracts:

Stylesheet content development (SVG, WebHelp, XSLT, XSL-FO) 2012–2014.
Print/ebook/online production editor (legal texts) 2008–2014.
Technical editor (environmental report illustration/editing) 2011–2012.
Scientific editor (environmental book illustration/editing) 2008–2010.
Writer/editor (academic research reports) 2008.
Web portal writer/editor (news writing, web page & photo design) 2007.

Publications:

'Hypergraphics for interactive documents: Improving the user experience with scalable vector graphics', Intercom, July/August 2014
'Create visual documents with scalable vector graphics', Southern Communicator, February 2014
'Generating links in e-books', The Canberra Editor, November 2013
'Markup languages for ebooks', The Canberra Editor, July 2013
'From XML to other markup languages', The Canberra Editor, May 2013
'XML markup: Formatting text and lists', The Canberra Editor, March 2013
Digital publishing with XML: Concepts for editors (EPUB ebook) 2012
'XML document structure', The Canberra Editor, October 2012
'XML markup: From Word to XML to PDF', The Canberra Editor, August 2012
'What is XML anyway?', The Canberra Editor, June 2012
'Single-source workflow: How does XML compare with conventional publishing?', The Canberra Editor, April 2012
'Digital publishing: Where does XML fit in?', The Canberra Editor, February 2012
'Some data will be lost: Why XML publishing will need good editors', The Canberra Editor, November 2011
'Discovering XML for editing', The Canberra Editor, May 2010

Training delivered:

Hypergraphics for help documents: Improving the user experience with scalable vector graphics (Conference presentation), TCUK 2014, Brighton, UK, September 2014
Hypergraphics for help documents: Improving the user experience with scalable vector graphics (Seminar), Technical Writers Industry Association, September 2014
Visualizing web documents with scalable vector graphics (Webinar), Society for Technical Communication, July 2014
Picture this: Scalable vector graphics for visual documentation (Conference presentation), Society for Technical Communication, Summit 2014, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2014
Picture this: Scalable vector graphics for user interface design (Conference presentation), Australian Society for Technical Communication (NSW), October 2013
Picture this: Scalable vector graphics for user interface design (Seminar), Australian Society for Technical Communication (NSW), July 2013
XML for editors (Half-day workshop) IPEd national editors conference, Perth, April 2013
Mastering markup (PDF): XML for editors (One-day workshop) Canberra Society of Editors, September 2012
Embedded indexing with XML (Joint presentation) Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers, July 2012

 

 

 

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