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Terminology management – a call for clarity and comprehensibility

When it comes to good technical documentation – such as a manual, online help or a knowledge article in a service database – nothing is left to chance. What should the first chapter of the document be called? What is…

Modularisation for beginners

Getting modularisation right is a critical success factor when working with content management systems such as SCHEMA ST4. However, many questions arise for those switching to these systems if they have previously been using a traditional linear writing style. In…

Less is more: controlled language for more efficient documentation

The verb “to sanction” can mean “to approve” as well as “to punish”. The Oxford English Thesaurus apparently lists 380 synonyms for the word “good”. In Thomas Mann’s original German version of his novel “Joseph and his brothers” is a…

Save real money with workflows

Authoring work is fun! Optimising and structuring content, modelling content management, refining the layout: this type of work is varied and absorbing. However, there are also recurring activities that are associated with many repeated steps, such as checking whether node…

Take the quiz – Austrian Federal Railways implements gamification solution with SCHEMA ST4

Mr Schauer, would you like to begin by briefly describing your role at Austrian Federal Railways? Gladly. I have worked for Österreichische Bundesbahnen Personenverkehr AG (ÖBB – Austrian Federal Railways) since 1988. In 2004, I moved to our head office…

What’s new in ST4 2020

A few days ago, we released SCHEMA ST4 2020, providing you with a brand-new version of our content management system. We have added several helpful features to ST4 while also improving the performance. In this blog post we will introduce…

SCHEMA Conference 2020 Goes Online

Are you working from home as well? We are, for the most part. Together, we have decided to spend this crisis in quarantine in order to contain the virus and protect risk groups. This also led to us to recently…

Automated image legends using callout labels

Labelling images and creating image legends are frequently recurring tasks facing technical writers. With SCHEMA ST4’s Callout Designer, we have already simplified image labelling considerably, and in ST4 2020 we are expanding its functionality once again: the new “callout labels” feature…

The major advantages of a component content management system in technical writing

Authoring processes can be optimised with a content management system, because such a tool provides efficient solutions for different application areas. Every technical writer benefits from the advantages of working with such a content management system, regardless of the fact…

Fully-automated Fabmatics – right through to technical writing with SCHEMA ST4

A robot arm precisely grips a component; a driverless mobile robot brings a product to its destination, where it is accurately sorted in a warehouse system – and all fully automatically. Welcome to the world of Fabmatics GmbH, a global…

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