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Join us at the CIDM’s Winter IDEAS Online Conference, January 23-24, 2018. IXIASOFT is honored to be a sponsor and speaker.

Fashioning Style Guides for Your Technical Communications Team

by Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT Market Researcher and DITA Evangelist

Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Having problems with inconsistently written documentation? Is there a distinct difference in the tone along with the look-and-feel of your user manuals? If so, then you need to develop a style guide for your technical writing team, in order to produce more consistent documentation. Keith Schengili-Roberts (IXIASOFT) talks about what they are, why you need them and how to get started in creating one. While not focusing exclusively on DITA, Keith will also talk about why a separate DITA style guide—for the consistent expression of your content at the XML-level—should also be considered a requirement for any technical communications team working with this standard.

What can attendees expect to learn?

While DITA and content reuse can help ensure content consistency, having a style guide is a sure way to provide your technical writing team with the information they need to provide a consistent tone in the documentation they produce. This presentation focuses on the foundations and resources to help build two distinct types of style guides: one for general writing purposes, and the other for proper coding in DITA XML.