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Automated support for quality assurance using Schematron

Quality assurance of technical documentation is often ensured by means of the four-eyes principle. However, time and time again, small errors or imprecisions still find their way into texts, even after careful checking. It would be useful to conduct an automated check according to formal rules, such as upper/lower case in headings. This is what the validation language Schematron (an ISO/IEC standard) does. It provides the opportunity to analyse and check text content available in XML, both automatically and with sensitivity to context. Continue reading


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Automating authoring processes with the Workflow Designer

You might have already noticed that in our blog posts about the tcworld conference, we always save the reveal of our biggest new features until last. Last year we introduced you to the project configurator, a component for automatically compiling publications. This year, automation in ST4 is once again the focus – specifically the automation of your authoring workflows. Continue reading


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Manual content and spare parts data on an integrated platform – the SCHEMA CDS makes it possible

Are manuals and spare parts catalogues an indispensable part of everyday life in your Technical Information department? And do your service engineers or customers groan during site visits if they have to search in several different platforms for the information they need?

If so, then you might want to take a look at our Blue Box on the SCHEMA stand at the upcoming tekom conference in Stuttgart. With Catalog Content Integration, we may well have just the solution you’ve been looking for. Continue reading


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Improved usability thanks to ST4 2018: small, yet impressive highlights

We have already made numerous changes to the 2017 version of the software to improve the usability of ST4 and in turn the efficiency of your processes. This year we have built on this and made a few minor and major adjustments, which you can take a closer look at during the tcworld conference. Last week you will have familiarised yourself with the TMS Health Report, which supports your translation processes. In this post, we will be introducing six minor modifications, the aim of which is to further optimise the usability of ST4 and to make working with ST4 2018 more effective and intuitive every day. Continue reading


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ST4 as a risk management tool at Philips

Over 100 users on three continents at Philips use SCHEMA ST4 for tasks such as creating user manuals that are translated into as many as 35 languages. These figures show just how valuable ST4 is in networked structures. However, there is another interesting special feature when it comes to Philips: Philips Medical Systems DMC GmbH also uses ST4 at its site in Hamburg for service information for the medical technology department – creating and managing employee fault tree analyses directly in ST4.

We spoke to Sascha Bähr, who is in charge of administration for SCHEMA ST4 at Philips Medical Systems DMC GmbH, about this. At the SCHEMA Conference in May 2017, he demonstrated how Philips uses ST4 for fault tree analyses – an interesting use case. Continue reading


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Technical writers, product managers and process managers – they all work with SCHEMA ST4

One IT company. Almost 1,000 employees – over 200 of whom regularly use SCHEMA ST4. We have to admit that what Carmen Plösch reported about SSI Schäfer IT Solutions’ use of ST4 at this year’s SCHEMA Conference made us, as the manufacturer, feel a little proud. SSI Schäfer uses our CCMS across departments. It is a core element of their central information processes, which allows it to demonstrate its full potential particularly well. In this post, we have summarised the most important points from her presentation. Continue reading