Free STC Member-Only Sponsored Webinar: Taming the Beast that is Microsoft Word™ to Improve Consistency, Content Reuse, and Multi-Channel Publishing


Doug Gorman
CEO, Simply XML, LLC.


October 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM


October 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Taming the Beast that is Microsoft Word™ to Improve Consistency, Content Reuse, and Multi-Channel Publishing

We hear the following all the time:

  • Enterprise authors will need to adopt the XML authoring tools that are both admired and used in Tech Pubs
  • You can’t get high quality content from MS Word
  • Organizations with MS Word-based authors are stuck in macro-based tools like FS Pro™, DocuTools™, PDF, or InDesign.
  • It was expensive to adopt an XML-based architecture for Technical Publications and we can’t afford to bring that initiative to the enterprise.

The truth is that almost a billion authors use MS Word.  And it is even estimated that more than 50% of Technical Publication authors use MS Word.  The mission of Simply XML and Content Mapper has been to get control of MS Word to produce valid content for an enterprise XML-based content architecture with supporting technology.

This demonstration will use the Content Mapper authoring tool to show:

  • How a plug-in to MS Word can take full control of the Word UI
  • How the author can see an MS Word UI while the repository sees XML
  • How to easily adopt Topic-based writing
  • How styled MS Word content can be easily transformed and saved as XML, even DITA
  • How reuse can be implemented with starter templates, fragments, tables, images and content references.
  • How to assemble Topics into larger documents
  • How XML Content created in Word can be published to any format using the Publication Wizard, DITA Open Toolkit, or ad-in publishing facilities like Miramo PDF.
  • How to apply metadata at the level of Topics or sections to enable search
  • How to easily apply conditional publishing to larger documents so that readers get only content that is relevant.
  • More.

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To participate in a webinar and an online course, you must be able to access Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your Adobe Connect connection here. Adobe Connect is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities.

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If you cannot access Adobe Connect and/or Moodle (as needed), then you will not be able to successfully complete an online course.

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