Open Help Conference & Sprints

Conference: June 14-15, 2014
Sprints: June 16-18, 2014

What’s it like?

Open Help has a unique focus on community and discussion. Check out the sessions from 2013, 2012, and 2011 to see how. Or watch excerpts on YouTube.

2014 Sessions

Want to show the world what you’ve been working on? Email your proposal to We’re interested in any topic related to documentation, support, and open communities. In particular, we’re excited to see talks related to the following:

The Open Help Conference has a heavy focus on open discussion, so we prefer presentations that foster discussion and collaboration. Plan to speak for 45 minutes. Proposals are evaluated as they come in, so send your proposal as soon as possible.

Demos and Briefs

Do you have something you want to show off, or something quick to say without preparing a full talk? We have slots for demos and brief talks. Briefs can be as short as a few minutes or as long as 15 minutes, but be prepared for questions. Email with a short description.

Rewriting Markdown Documents into Mallard: Check Lists

  • Jana Svarova

How to assist the reader to grasp not only the amount of information but also the order in which the information should be read and processed? How to provide the reader with logical and clear structure that would lead them linearly in the topic-based manner?

On the example of rewriting checklists into Mallard, this brief talk demonstrates various uses of this markup language, which allows for writing even less usual document types. The talk focuses on the Mallard strengths in general as well as particular implementation details.