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A place for workshops, learning and networking – the Schema Conference takes place from 19-20 June 2018 at NCC Mitte, Nuremberg

The range of topics covered are as diverse as various usage scenarios: technical writing and documentation is going through an exciting period of change and growth. As a worldwide leading supplier of Component Content Management System solutions, we always have our finger on the pulse of these new developments. At this year’s SCHEMA Conference on 19 and 20 June 2018 at the NürnbergMesse complex, we don’t just want to present our solutions to existing challenges. Continue reading


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Using group nodes to cross-reference variants

In our last post, we looked at modularisation – so how you deal with content for product variants, for example. Today we are looking at an aspect of creating modular content: How do I handle links to variants in ST4? This is handled in ST4 using “group nodes”. Continue reading


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What is modularisation? The essential basics for your content

Using a Component Content Management System (CCMS) such as SCHEMA ST4, you can manage your content in the form of modules, blocks or nodes. Among other things, this means that you only need to draft an individual section for a chapter once and can then reuse it in several different places. Changes to the original section are automatically pulled into the repeated sections. This is just one variant of modularisation; there are various others that you can use depending on the situation and framework conditions surrounding your content in ST4.

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Maximilian Herrmann


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Work more effectively with individualised interfaces

Are you working in a team on an ST4 project? Or are you working on a project alone, but constantly performing different tasks? Sometimes you’re just working on the text, sometimes the graphics and the next week it’s all about importing and exporting for translation management.

Alongside the workflow module, which is already a huge help for this sort of work, there’s a great little function that can make your daily tasks that bit more effective. After all, ST4 does not just allow in-depth individualisation – you can also adjust the interface so it best fits your processes. The keyword here is workplace. As it’s the start of the year, we want to use this article to show you how to set up a workplace, explain what it can do and provide a few best-practice tips. Continue reading


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Intelligent information with machine learning and the SCHEMA Content Delivery Server

Intelligent information is currently a huge talking point at many companies that wish to efficiently communicate content relevant to the situation to their customers or employees, e.g. using a content delivery portal such as the SCHEMA Content Delivery Server. However, the enrichment of content with metadata often involves a high degree of manual work. This article will present ways in which to achieve seamless automation and integration of this process with the aid of machine learning and WebHooks. Continue reading


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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