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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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A preview of our SCHEMA Conference 2018

As in previous years, the common thread that unites the various components of this year’s conference is the trend that is under way in the realm of technical documentation – namely moving away from analogue preparation methods, and proceeding via digital document storage through to the smart provision of information. The conference is an event that has now become a fixed point on the annual calendar of agents and decision-makers in the “tech doc” sector: the SCHEMA Conference in Nuremberg. This year, we are looking forward to welcoming clients, technical writers, experts and, last but not least, trendsetters and pioneers at the Nürnberger Conference Center (NCC Mitte) on 19 and 20 June. Continue reading

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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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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Workflow, intelligent information and robots – the 2017 tekom annual conference was a resounding success

From 24th to 26th October 2017, the ICS in Stuttgart again threw open its doors to the TD sector, and we were thrilled to attend once more.

With 4,300 participants and more than 250 presentations, workshops, tutorials and tool presentations, the tekom annual conference is clearly still the main event in the industry. With Intelligent Information and the newly developed standard iiRDS for interactive content delivery at the forefront of the conference, the focus this year was firmly on the future of information preparation, distribution and exchange: exciting topics that are becoming increasingly unavoidable in the field of technical writing. 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