Michael Opsteegh Presents "Spicing Up Your Online Help with Web Fonts"

From July 16, 2019 6:00 pm until July 16, 2019 8:30 pm
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Registration closes at 11pm on Saturday, 7/13. 

About the Presentation

With so many choices, why use regular, old salt?

Web fonts have been around in various forms for many years, and all major browsers have supported a variety of web font formats for nearly a decade. Despite widespread adoption of web fonts among design professionals, using web fonts has been a clumsy process for many content creators and downright difficult for online help authors. So, we tend to sprinkle in those safe and reliable—yet bland and stale—fonts like Ariel and Verdana, making our content look as appealing as yesterday’s meatloaf.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to spice up your online help content with a dash of web fonts. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Understanding how web fonts work
  • Understanding web font hosting options
  • Locating free and subscription-based web fonts
  • Using web fonts in Adobe RoboHelp and MadCap Flare projects

We probably won’t have time to fix your meatloaf though.

About Michael Opsteegh
Michael Opsteegh has been a technical writer in the software and financial services industries since 2004. He is currently a senior technical writer for Eyefinity, which supports eyecare professionals with industry-leading software and services. He’s a lecturer in the professional writing program at Cal State Long Beach (Go Beach!) He holds a master’s degree in English and a certificate in technical and professional communication. He is also a Certified Technical Professional Communicator (CPTC).


OCSTC meetings follow the schedule below. We encourage all attendees to arrive by 6pm to do some informal networking (regardless of whether or not your ticket includes dinner). Bring business cards and a smile! 

  • 6pm to 6:45pm: Informal networking
  • 6:45pm to 7pm: OCSTC Administrative Council announcements
  • 7pm to 7:15pm: Break
  • 7:15pm-8:30pm: Presentation, Q&As, Wrap-Up


Ticket Type  Description Price
 Member  STC member; dinner and coffee service included  $27
 Nonmember  Not a member of STC; dinner and coffee service included  $31
 Student  Current student; dinner and coffee service included  $20
 Member ONLY, Speaker Only STC member; coffee service included  $12
 Nonmember, Speaker Only Not a member of STC; coffee service included  $15

Location and Parking


7 Hutton Centre Dr.
Santa Ana, California 92707-5794

There is another DoubleTree hotel nearby, so it’s easy to accidentally go to the wrong location if you do a search for “DoubleTree” on your phone, instead of searching for the exact address!

The DoubleTree Club offers complimentary valet parking. If you prefer to self-park, tell the valet that you’re at the hotel for an OCSTC meeting, and ask if you can park yourself.