This year’s tekom Spring Conference in Koblenz was a big hit. The theme this year of standards in a time of digital change created a great deal of interest. One of the most hotly anticipated topics was, of course, iiRDS version 1.0, which was launched in parallel to the opening of the Spring Conference. As well as content delivery, there was also a lot of discussion about the challenges technical documentation will face in the future. Continue reading
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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?