Structured content: Life Sciences vs. other industries

During the 2019 AMPLEXOR ‘Be The Expert’ meeting, we had the pleasure to present our views on the potential of structured content authoring for the Life Sciences industry. We did so by comparing the adoption of ‘structured content’ in Life Sciences with the state of adoption in other industries. We notably compared Life Sciences with…

IDMP and the need for structured authoring

How FontoXML helps pharmaceutical companies comply with future legislation In Pharma and Life Sciences structured content, or rather structured data, is a hot topic. Most, if not all companies in this industry are in the process of undertaking a multi-year cross-functional program to enable sustainable compliance with the upcoming IDMP requirements and to improve regulatory…

Moving from unstructured to structured authoring

The potential of structured content Content managers in the technical documentation business know what the advantages of structured content are: Content reuse; Multichannel publishing; Configurability; Adaptability; etc. Although, over the years, there has been a lot of talk about the potential of structured content, the creation of such content is still the domain of a…

Structured authoring = Discipline x Enjoyable software

If you’re thinking about the adoption of a structured authoring tool like FontoXML, you should read the article on this topic by Barry Schaeffer (2013). In this article Barry, a veteran of more than 45 years in the content automation industry, not only describes the ‘tortured relationship’ between Word and XML (we also wrote about…

A move away from Microsoft Word

For the second time this month I’ve heard a prospect say “we want to move away from the Microsoft Word process”. In other words: the Word based authoring process, at this standardisation organisation, is far from efficient and has some serious quality issues. There’s little content reuse with large compliancy issues as a result. There’s…

“As a writer I can easily structure my content.” (9/27)

“As a writer I can easily structure my content” is the 9th of 27 requirements that we studied as part of our benchmark study on XML editors. The ease of structuring a document is perhaps the most obvious prerequisite for an efficient structured authoring tool, but also the most ambiguous. This differs for each user…

How to overcome everyday DITA issues

In a series of blog posts DITA-expert Wim Hooghwinkel describes some everyday DITA usability issues and lets us explain how we think to have solved these issues. Wim: Let’s face it: XML editing has it’s challenges. Especially for an average author who is not into tagging. It’s been worse though. The days that we needed to…

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