We regularly write about variant management in this blog, but we have yet talked about variants in the project tree. However, our ST4 Component Content Management System has a special tool for this very purpose: the project configurator. At the touch of a button, it creates an ST4 project, a bit like a 3D printer, based on the information it is provided with. Once you use it, you will no longer want to be without it. That also applies to the Danish company, SKOV; a complete provider of farm and climate management equipment, which has been working with ST4 since 2017 and which gave a presentation on how they use the project configurator at the SCHEMA conference. Continue reading
The information that a company distributes is never in a vacuum. Instead, it affects the content of many internal and external processes and, therefore, the content of user documentation in particular. If, for example, developers adjust the functionality of a software package, the interface also changes. Both of these aspects must also be replicated in the product documentation. So why not “simply” connect the two together, for example by coupling the CMS to the development process and using it as an analysis tool for content quality as well? Continue reading
The current state of ST4 and CDS development, augmented reality demonstrations, a host of workshops and presentations. The NCC Mitte convention centre was once again full to the brim with technical writers, customers, potential customers, SCHEMA employees, partners and an enormous amount of combined expertise all under one roof. If that sounds to you like the SCHEMA Conference 2018, you would be right. Continue reading
Software is always a work in progress and, to make sure we stay on top of our game, we’ve decided to set up a direct dialogue feature. We visit trade fairs where the latest new developments on the market are discussed and we maintain relationships with researchers and experts in the field. But a lot of what we learn about our products comes from customer feedback. Continue reading
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
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
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.