ISTC Communicator Magazine Articles

The ISTC

I have been a paid-up member of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators) for a few years now, so I’m allowed to display this banner. Even more so that, as of November 2018, I’m now a Fellow of the ISTC.

They publish a magazine, called Communicator, and it’s issued quarterly to all ITSC Members and Fellows.

In the beginning

Back in 2015, I was asked by the features editor (Katherine Judge) of the magazine, if I’d like to contribute some articles on the basic steps to coding in Visual Basic for Applications. The series has grown and grown since then.

The articles start out using the standard ISTC template and then (happily) go through the wringer via Katherine, who has the hard job of making my work look so much better with her edits.

Articles available

The table below shows all of the articles that I’ve written for the magazine – so far. All are stored as standard PDF files as supplied by the magazine and include the relevant issue’s front cover.

My ISTC Articles

ArticleIssueWhat's covered
1Summer 2015A simple introduction to macro recording and the first steps towards VBA coding.Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
2Autumn 2015The use of variables, their types and uses within VBA.Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
3Winter 2015Basic condition testing using IF .. THEN .. ELSE and SELECT .. CASE.

It shows how to code the appropriate reaction to the value of a variable: user-defined or Word's internal variables.
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4Spring 2016The various forms of loops available in VBA (Part 1).

The fourth article covers just FOR .. NEXT loops.
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5Summer 2016The various forms of loops available in VBA (Part 2).

This covered the other types of VBA loop.
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6Autumn 2016Creation of simple functions and subroutines.Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
7Winter 2016The ways in which VBA can make changes to your document's content.Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
8Spring 2017Code optimisation techniquesWebsite downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
9Summer 2017Word's Quick Access ToolbarWebsite downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
10Winter 2017Creating user forms (Part 1)Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
11Spring 2018Creating user forms (Part 2)Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
12Summer 2018Creating user forms (Part 3)Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
13aAutumn 2018Creating user forms (Part 4)Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
13bAutumn 2018Macros: A brief history of time (saving)Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
14Winter 2018Arrays, arrays and more arrays: part 1Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
15Spring 2019Arrays, arrays and more arrays: part 2Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
16Summer 2019Arrays, arrays and more arrays: part 3
(Shorter article due to magazine space)
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17Autumn 2019Arrays, arrays and more arrays: part 4Website downloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download

Note: If you have a Dropbox or GoogleDrive account, then use the appropriate links above to copy / sync the articles with your appropriate cloud account. Or just use the normal website download links.