Patterns in language for linguistic disambiguation in a style checker

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Some style guides specify the part of speech that an approved term has. For example, Microsoft style permits the word ‘input’ as a noun but not as a verb. An effective style checker must give a warning only if a term is used incorrectly.

Patterns in language can be used to identify the part of speech that a term has.

In the structure, ‘an + X + was’, X is a noun. Most text is more complex.
Sometimes, disambiguation is not possible. However, the patterns are sufficiently good for practical purposes. (The patterns are used in a term checker.)

This session is delivered by Mike Unwalla.

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The incremental steps towards dynamic and embedded content delivery

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Dynamic delivery is delivery of context-appropriate information that can be assembled at the time of request with the most up-to-date, relevant content appropriate for the user and interface in question.

Embedded content is where content becomes a seamless part of device interfaces. Products become “self-describing”, allowing users to work uninterrupted by the need to open help files or manuals.

Many aspire to working in this way, but few (so far) have achieved it. This workshop looks at the benefits, requirements, and barriers related to these new types of delivery.

We will look at:

  • Why should we bother with this type of delivery?
  • What type of techniques, technologies and skills are required to realise such a system?
  • What are the risks at each stage?

Requirements:

  • Laptop with MS Word-compatible editor
  • Ability to read from a USB stick

This workshop is facilitated by Noz Urbina.

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Simplified technical English: Overview of the ASD-STE100 specification

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  • The making of the ASD-STE100 Specification
  • Basics: one word for one function, procedure or object, keywords, rules
  • ASD-STE100 makes the difference: accuracy, clarity, risk reduction, translatability
  • Practical examples
  • The global market
  • Updating the ASD-STE100 Specification
  • UKCeB STE Training

This session is delivered by Maria MacDonald.

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Single-source/content management beyond text: Dealing with graphics and multimedia

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For most authors the concepts of content reuse are nothing new. Whether you work under the labels of “single-source publishing”, “content management”, or “multi-channel publishing” it all boils down to writing content once, maximizing reuse, and (hopefully) never resorting to content duplication to achieve your publishing goals. All of this works beautifully with text, but various media elements have always been the Achilles heel of content reuse. In this session Mr. Hamilton will explore concepts and techniques to bring graphic and multimedia elements into the content management workflow.

This session is delivered by Mike Hamilton.

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Changing the engine without stopping the car

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Even if you know that structured authoring and reuse makes perfect sense, the sheer volume of your existing documentation may keep you from making the transition that your documentation team desperately needs. Most companies cannot afford to start a full rewrite of their materials, and they cannot afford to stop production for months while the legacy materials are being converted and imported into a content management system. This presentation shows how gradual migration of legacy materials into a structured authoring environment, and subsequent migration into a reuse system, is feasible when you use the right set of methods and tools.

This session is delivered by Jang Graat.

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McAfee: Our DITA journey towards collaborative authoring

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Although painful at the time, the move to topic-based writing and the use of DITA and a Content Management System has improved our content, significantly reduced localization costs, and provided the building blocks for dynamic and collaborative content.

Explore lessons learned and areas of opportunity for tapping into the power of DITA and all it promises.

This session is delivered by Andrew Westfold.

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