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Document Completed – What’s Next? The SCHEMA Content Delivery Suite!

Up to now you have probably only known and used the ST4 DocuManager as a system for creating and managing information. Your information and documents are probably distributed to a company portal or a DMS by CD, FTP server or an in-house developed interface. All these procedures have in common that updating the information must either be performed manually or an appropriate automated solution has been created. In the latter case, when the requirements change, an adaptation of the interface must be designed and implemented with your IT.
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See you @ Congility in London?


It is always a pleasure to attend international conferences. Though we are moving closer together through globalization, the internet and this lingua franca called English, there is still so much to discover and to share when representing SCHEMA abroad.

Next week Claudia Blaschke and I attend Congility 2013. This conference is taking place from June 25-27 in London. It is bringing together content professionals looking to advance their organisation’s goals with better content strategy, management and process. Content Agility is for anyone participating in the content lifecycle wanting to deliver better content, for a lower cost, and more tailored to their users’ various needs. It is the only European platform bringing together such a diverse set of content experts and learning opportunities under one roof.

We will hold a preconference workshop which summarizes some of the best practices we hold dear at SCHEMA. During the conference Claudia will present the SCHEMA ST4 approach to component based authoring while I will talk about next generation layout automation for XML content.

There is still time to register. As speakers at Content Agility we are able to offer our readers a 20% discount on entry to the event and workshops! Some conditions apply.  Use code SG13SPK20 when registering here. Book while spots last.

So hopefully we will meet next week …


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Do You Know What You Are Doing? – REx and Content Intelligence Will Tell You.

We are happy to have our first guest contribution by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler on the SCHEMA Blog.Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler has been active in the field of technical communication since 1997. His core area is the conception and introduction of XML-based information systems. Since 2003 he has held a chair at the Hochschule Karlsruhe (University of Applied Sciences) where he is in charge of the masters degree program “Kommunikation und Medienmanagement (KMM)” (Communication and Media Management). In addition he is head of the Institute for Information and Content Management (I4ICM) of the Steinbeis Transferzentren GmbH at the University for Applied Sciences Karlsruhe.

In general you know what you are doing. In particular, however, it would be nice to know a bit more exactly what you have been doing and achieving up to now. This particularity of course also concerns your work with a content management system. Among other things this has motivated us at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe to create a means for you to get a closer insight into your own manner of working with documents, modules and media.
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Automatically Generated Tables – Sometimes a Table is Nothing but a Table

Today nobody can imagine technical documentation without the use of tables. They offer a reasonable and practical way of assembling data neatly and legibly. Mostly they contain technical product features with hardly any or no textual content. Some publications, like for example catalogs, seem to consist almost exclusively of tables. Even creating such tables might mean traveling down a rocky and tedious road. Keeping these contents up-to-date and administering them, sometimes feels almost like the recurring labors of Hercules. What used to be laboriously and manually picked at, written and administered using DTP tools can today be automated with XML-based content management systems.
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Expensive Memories

As you may already know, since the version 2012 SCHEMA ST4 has turned into more than a mere content management system. With the DocuWeb Translator a Translation Memory System (TMS) is at your disposal. Using it single nodes can be translated directly in the system. In the process earlier translations in the system are searched through and suggested, when a certain amount of matches is found – the main principle of a TMS.
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Pixel Squares Conquer the World – and also the Technical Documentation?

Schon gescanned?In your daily life have you already noticed the many opportunities where you come across those QR codes – one of the pixelated squares that you see next to these lines?
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Are You Still Typing and Clicking or Have You Moved on to Swiping?

Oh no…. Also in the new year the topic portable documentation and – you already guessed – apps will be a big influence in the area of technical documentation. Now portable documentation does not necessarily mean swiping but

  1. I could not refrain from this word play as a reply to the blog entry on keyboard control of my colleague Sebastian Göttel, and
  2. Portable documentation only makes sense when it puts the possibilities and peculiarities of the end devices to good use.

The more technical aspects and requirements for documentation on smart phones and tablets have already been discussed by me here last year. At conferences as well as in forums and blogs in the last months the respective ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ have been dealt with at length so that I only would like to repeat the mantra here:
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