Friday, June 23, 2017

DocBook v5.1 nominated for Outstanding Approved Standard award

Nice to get a nomination in the fourth annual Open Standards Cup!

This year's Outstanding Approved Standard award nominees were DocBook v5.1 from the DocBook TC, KMIP Specification and KMIP Profiles v1.3 from the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) TC, Business Document Naming and Design Rules v1.0 from the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) TC, and XLIFF Version 2.0 from the OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC.

Congrats to the TOSCA TC on winning the award.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scaling quality using Schematron

Do you have limited editorial staff or resources? How do you ensure content quality in spite of an ever-expanding set of content and the unrelenting pressure to deliver that content quickly? In this presentation, we’ll get you started using Schematron to scale your quality control initiatives! When integrated with an XML editor, Schematron provides real-time analysis and feedback to authors to ensure that content follows defined editorial rules. (Remember, we rely on DITA to establish and control structure, but DITA is silent regarding the overall linguistic quality of content.)

You will learn about the process of converting editorial style guide rules to Schematron, including what makes a good Schematron rule. We will provide tips and best practices based on how we implemented Schematron at Jeppesen. You’ll learn which editorial challenges lend themselves to Schematron solutions and which are too linguistically complex and require a human editor.

I'll be presenting on this topic at the CMS / DITA North America conference in San Diego, April 24-26, 2017. Please plan to attend!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Seattle/Kirkland-area DITA listening session on Jan 24/25

In addition to the downtown Seattle DITA listening session on Jan 24, we've added an additional listening session in Kirkland on Jan 25.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • 03:30-06:00 PM
  • Members of the OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee (local and video remote).
  • Area DITA writers, architects, managers, and tool smiths.
  • Company reps at all stages of a DITA implementation.
  • Although members of these Technical Committees interact with DITA prospects and DITA practitioners routinely at conferences and online, we suspect that our picture of how things are actually going for DITA companies is incomplete if we do not have venues for those DITA users and architects who have not had opportunity to attend conferences, local user groups (if they exist), or technical forums. These listening sessions are a form of outreach to DITA people where they live and work. They are an opportunity for the Committee to feedback from current, past and future DITA users.
    The Technical Committee recently released DITA Version 1.3 and is now assessing what sorts of features and/or capabilities might be important for DITA 2.0. See The DITA Adoption Technical Committee focuses on identifying and removing obstacles to initial DITA adoption and long-term DITA investments. See
  • The format is informal within the following structure:
    • 30 minutes meet n' greet
    • 60 minutes attendee roundtable -- how is DITA doing at your company?
    • 30 minutes Q&A - OASIS TC members asking attendees
    • 30 minutes Q&A - local attendees asking OASIS TC members
    • (Optional) Dinner and refreshments at a local watering hole

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Favorite Quote of the New Year

My favorite quote of the new year comes from the OASIS members newsletter:
However, the magnitude of your 2016 achievements cannot be denied, so we must begin with a brief look back. Here are just a few of last year's highlights:
- The indefatigable DocBook broke the record for the most downloaded spec in OASIS history. Barring cat videos and Adele's latest songs, DocBook 5.1 is one of the healthiest downloads on the Internet.