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
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
The annual tekom conference in Stuttgart is fast approaching. “Intelligent information” will be the key focus of the event – and for good reason, since everything that currently falls under the label of “Industry 4.0” and “Information 4.0” will completely revolutionise industrial and information processes alike.
As a developer of content management systems, this new commercial landscape has not caught us unprepared. For many years now, we have been offering functions and technologies to fill the very gaps in the market that have arisen from new types of self-controlled processes for content management. Continue reading
The Online Media Designer (OMD for short) is doubtlessly one of the most exciting new features in ST4 2016. We’ve already talked about it in our blog. In this post, we’ll hear from Matthias Hofmann. He’s the official backlog owner and main responsible person for developing the product. How did it all start with the OMD? What were the ups and downs during development? How does the result look in hindsight? Questions which he’ll answer for us here. Continue reading
At the second-to-last and again at this year’s tekom Fall conference (the largest event on this topic), there were an increasing number of lectures that were critical of DITA. My colleague Marcus Kesseler himself held such a lecture. You can find it here.
There were some emotional reactions in various blogs and on Twitter. Although DERCOM, of which I am chairman, has published a nuanced view of the DITA discussion in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ziegler, the following comments represent my personal opinion of this discussion. These comments were also made from our perspective as product manufacturer.
When was the last time you heard or read of DITA? In German-speaking regions, this XML-based structuring standard was touted as the cure for everything in technical authoring again and again. Not so long ago, DITA was a hotly debated topic at tekom conferences as well. But especially in the context of tekom, the hype around DITA has clearly subsided.
The next tekom conference is about to take place, and we’ve decided to contribute to the discussion about DITA at tcworld, the international chapter of the conference, as in the English-speaking world (where the standard was invented) DITA still counts as state-of-the-art. Continue reading
Dr. Reinhard Zinburg has been a SCHEMA user from the start. In his many years as documentation coordinator at Agilent, he has developed a number of innovative best practice solutions. After studying chemistry, biology and programming, he obtained his doctorate in the early eighties in analytical chemistry, and then joined Hewlett Packard in Waldbronn. There, he worked as application chemist, software developer, software supporter and, finally, documentation coordinator.
Already in 1998, he introduced SchemaText, and later ST4 as their component content management system. He has continuously maintained and developed the system ever since. In the meantime, he is looking towards retirement with both regrets and anticipation. He regrets to be leaving behind the fascinating field of communication, but is also looking forward to finally finding time for his second career as non-medical practitioner. Continue reading