DitaExchange Powers Easy-to-Use Regulatory Content for Aviation Industry

EASA eRules Platform Published Using Innovative Dx4 Structured Content Management Software   AARHUS, Denmark, 28 February 2017 – Safety is of paramount importance to air travelers and regulatory bodies such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) play a fundamental role. In the past, adhering to regulations meant sifting through dozens of individual, long documents for stakeholders in the aviation industry. Following months of close collaboration with EASA, DitaExchangeTM announced today that its Dx4TM structured content management software was chosen by EASA to support its new eRules platform. This platform aims at fulfilling EASA’s objective to make European aviation regulations more user-friendly than ever before. To learn more about Dx4, visit http://ditaexchange.com/dx4-benefits/ Structured Content Management (SCM) for everyone: Dx4 enabled EASA to create modular content that can be tagged, organized and reused without the need for complex XML authoring tools and in Microsoft SharePoint and Word. Easy reuse: By using SCM, EASA was able to produce audience-targeted deliverables that provided the right content at the right time, to the right person using less authoring and reviewing time. Advanced, automated publishing: The Dx4 advanced publishing engine enabled EASA to produce beautifully styled print documentation with a single click. Metadata-driven search: Using the advanced search capabilities of DitaExchange and SharePoint, EASA is positioning itself to deliver its content to stakeholders through a variety of mediums, including an advanced search-based interface. Kent Soerensen, CEO, DitaExchange, said: “We are very proud to help EASA by supplying the core functionality to a cutting-edge IT platform that will set new standards for delivering regulatory information to the aviation industry. We see a strong tie between...

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2017

San Diego, California – April 24-26, 2017 Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the 19th annual Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in San Diego, California on April 24-26 2017. Engage with a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Learn strategies for content management, taxonomy, faceted search, translation, social media, agile workflow, DITA, Lightweight DITA and a whole lot more! Hear from key tools developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community. For more information:...

Bot-enabled?

December 14, 2016 This year at the LavaCon conference in Las Vegas, I followed some very exciting presentations about the very near future role of bots (software robot/intelligent agent) in our efforts to bring exactly the right piece of content to the right person, at the right time. Current prominent bot examples are Microsoft’s Azure Bot Service and IBM’s Watson Virtual Agent. Some excellent presentations also talked about the fact that bots need to have access to enormous amounts of rich, structured, modular content that is tagged with metadata. In other words, bots feed on rich structured content and they just cannot get enough of it. So, if you want to have bots help your users, you had better get started improving your content by making it modular (one question >> one answer << one topic), taggable with rich structured metadata and machine-readable. The more structure and metadata you add to your content, the further away from the wastebasket it gets. In many companies, the intranet is the wastebasket or the final resting place for content with no structure and no metadata – not even the author can find it again. Adding metadata and structure can transform the content, making it searchable, findable and eventually “bottable.” Good luck bot-enabling your content! Steffen Frederiksen, Founder &...

It’s the readers, stupid!

November 17, 2016 A few years ago, I gave an interview about structured writing to a Swedish journalist. I talked (probably far too much) about consistency, modularity, content reuse and all the other goodies of structured writing. She asked me, “But what about the writer? Isn’t it terribly boring, being all modular and consistent?” My answer was – and still is – the following: “When I am trying to make my new cable TV box work, manual in hand, desperately looking for the information I need – in that situation, nothing in the entire World concerns me less than how the writer felt when creating this manual!” And that actually captures my message rather nicely: We create business content to help readers or content consumers – human as well as bots – getting their job done We do not normally create content just to allow the writers to have fun Remember that normally you have a lot more readers than writers, sometimes thousands more I am not saying that writers having fun is bad, or that the content creation process should be ignored – not at all. We have to make it fun to write good content. We have to make it as painless as possible to review and approve content and we have to dramatically improve our content processes. But if a writer thinks it is more interesting to write a manual if he can use sophisticated words and sentences, thereby making life miserable for the reader (me, with the cable box manual in my hand), then we are missing the point. And if internal efficiencies make the...

DitaExchange Announces DxReview™ Add-in for Microsoft Word

Cloud-based document review and collaboration for internal and external teams.  AARHUS, DENMARK and KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – 21 July 2016 – DitaExchangeTM announced today the release of DxReviewTM for Word – a Microsoft Word add-in that better enables the parallel review, edit, and recombination of Word documents for both internal and external team members from anywhere in the world at any stage of the document life cycle. By using DxReview for Word, authors can easily engage their colleagues and collaborators in the document review process by initiating a parallel review process directly within Microsoft Word and the Microsoft Cloud Platform. The product is simple for reviewers to use since they do not need to download any additional software or add-ins to participate in the process and they provide their feedback by sending the revised document back to the author via email. At the end of the review cycle, the document author receives a single document with the combined feedback from all reviewers. “DxReview reduces review time, improves document quality and delivers final documents faster than ever before,” commented Jim Nichols, vice president, DitaExchange. “With DxReview for Word, organizations can also reduce their overall project costs while collaborating with internal and external contributors and constituents. DxReview for Word is available on the Office Store under Word Products. For more information, visit the website at dxreview.net or view a quick overview here. About DitaExchange DitaExchange is committed to simplifying the way regulated organizations create, manage, share and deliver important content though structured authoring and content management solutions that are built to run on the SharePoint platform. A leader in Structured...