Working with ST4 Is Like Playing an Instrument

This year at the UserConference, the offered workshops will be classified like skiing pistes, based on users’ previous knowledge.
Dieter Pichl, one of our trainers, explains why, and which topics are especially important to him.

Working with ST4 is like playing an instrument. In the beginning, you learn the basics and gain necessary confidence.
The same applies to ST4. If you’ve internalized the concept of how to work with the system, you’ll be able to meet most of the standard requirements for documentation.


The etudes for exercising can be found in the blue workshops, mainly in the focus on translation management.
Some musicians play by themselves at home, others play their instruments in an orchestra. In an authoring team, your co-players speak different languages. Learn the ideal way to solve this requirement.
What a change of key is for music, translation is for documentation. You know the key’s signs, but make mistakes when playing one or the other note. In the translation workshop, you deepen your knowledge about the differences between sharp, flat, and natural signs.

But not everybody likes classical music or jazz. In ST4 as well everybody will find a style of working that suits them, in the course of which some system functionality will remain unused.
The red workshops increase the tempo. They are predominantly aimed at users who, without additional system permissions, want to extend the system’s flexibility, such as a different use of variables.
With these workshops, we want to focus on the functionality that has been added in the new version: for example, the quasi-automatic creation of feature tables.

Even if you are already a virtuoso on your ST4 instrument, you’ll still want to continue learning, of course. Maybe you’d like to compose something yourself. The black professional workshops by the Solution team provide the opportunity to influence the system’s behavior.

About the author: Dieter Pichl, originally an electrical engineer, made a lateral move to technical documentation in 1991.
During his work as technical writer for a software manufacturer of inventory control systems for pharmacies, he was introduced to SCHEMA, and made the change from DTP to modular documentation, implementing SCHEMA Text in his department.
He became self-employed in 2000, caring for documentation customers from the areas of engineering, climate technology and software as a full service provider with design and writing to layout and prepress services.
Since 2007 again as employee at SCHEMA, he has been responsible as team lead and trainer for customer training, workshops and consulting on authoring processes throughout the duration of the entire project.
Dieter Pichl has been a member of tekom since 1991 and for more than 15 years a member of the regional group leaders.

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