STC Interchange 2016 [On-Site Event]

We will be at STC Interchange 2016 in Lowell, MA on 4/1 and 4/2. We’ll be presenting two sessions:

Life with Guru D: Adopting a DITA mindset and converting others

This is the presentation that Liz debuted at Lavacon 2016. She will share entertaining and informative real life stories as anecdotes to aid the learning and induct new members into the Cult of DITA.

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How Do I Pick the Right Tool for Me?

Liz has been told by past attendees that the information from this session has helped them get real results out of sales reps and turned those relationships from cagy, antagonistic ones to true partnerships.

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How do I Pick the Right Tool for Me? [On-Line Event]

So many tools to choose from! So many messages from so many vendors.  Everyone saying they are the right one! One size does not fit all and one solution is not right for everyone! How could it?! How do you find the right one for you?

You need to be able to evaluate tools from a balanced, objective point of view. In this session, Liz Fraley will share strategies, benchmarks, and questions that she’s used (and seen used) over the years, so you will have something in your back pocket to help you choose the tool that’s best for you, your company, and your situation.

The truth is, no one really knows how to go through the tool selection process. They don’t always know where the biases or holes are or what to ask to find the hidden motivations. And the first thing everyone does is post a variant of this question on a mailing list, group, or in an email: “What is the best…” That question is great for retail products, but not so great when you’re looking at complex products that have a lot of moving parts, require teams to implement and enterprise support to purchase.

People always ask, “Liz, how do I choose?” She’s helped teams choose tools for small companies, big companies, and been on selection committees at giant global enterprises. There’s no one answer that’s the right answer for everyone. It depends on staff, resources, skills, and even company culture.

NOTE: Liz doesn’t mention any products in this presentation. This is the inside scoop about how sales works, how to work with them, and what you need to know to deploy/purchase something that requires more than just you to do.

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This session was also presented live at:

  • CM Strategies 2014
  • Lavacon 2014
  • STC Sacramento 2014
  • STC Summit 2016

DITA Keys and Conkeys [On-Line Event]

In this webinar, we tackle the DITA feature keyrefs and conkeyrefs. The keyref and conkeyref mechanisms allow you to easily switch variable content.

We will show how keys and key references are referenced by DITA maps; how processing is evaluated; how to combine keys with maps for easier manageability; and how to use conkey references instead of conref to simplify reuse and manage your content.

After that, we will talk about how keys and conkeys work, how they are resolved in the processing pipeline and how levels of map can help manage variable content.

Examples will be used to demonstrate how everything works using Arbortext.

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