DITA Europe 2019 | November 7-8, Brussels

We're exhibiting at DITA Europe 2019 in Brussels, Belgium - November 7-8, 2019

Join colleagues from around the world for two days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical solutions. With insights from nearly 50 presenters, 17 Sessions in the Technology Test Kitchen, an exhibit hall packed with the best technical content solutions, and the very best in industry networking, DITA Europe is designed with your specific needs in mind—providing strategies you can use immediately as you create and manage technical content, and expanding your professional network with information development experts from around the world.

Those new to content management and/or DITA will find guidance for starting their journey, while for experts, our program offers ways to continue pushing the boundaries. Join us for a chance to share what you already know and find out about things you don’t!

Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


Join us for our Technology Test Kitchen on Thursday, November 7 | 11.30-12.10

AuthorBridge—the key ingredient to making DITA authoring digestible for SMEs
Presented by: Bryan Tipper | VP, Sales & Marketing

For most non-professional content experts, authoring rich semantic content is considered too difficult to digest. The prospect of learning DITA is something they have little or no appetite for, they typically want to continue authoring in Word, or a Word-like authoring environment, and understandably don’t want to learn about XML.

So how can you tempt your SMEs to sample the delights of DITA authoring? The key ingredient is AuthorBridge from Stilo.

Specifically designed for users with no knowledge of DITA or XML, it has helped organizations rapidly roll out DITA authoring to non-ID professionals in marketing, engineering, training and support. To do this well requires sophisticated DITA content processing ‘under the hood’ and this is where AuthorBridge excels.

Join us for this technology test kitchen session and we’ll demonstrate some of the key ingredients that go into making AuthorBridge the crème de la crème of SME DITA authoring tools.

Features such as:
• ‘Word-like’ guided authoring
• Change tracking of text and structure
• Review comments
• Copy and paste from Word and Excel
• Best in class table support
• Best in class support for conditions
• Document view for DITA maps, edit topic content
• Optimized support for large documents
• Support for content reuse


LavaCon 2019 | October 27-30, Portland, OR

Join us in Portland, Oregon for this year's LavaCon conference!

LavaCon started in Hawaii (hence the name) to give senior content professionals an opportunity to stay ahead of rapidly changing publishing technology and customer demographics. However, LavaCon is more than just a conference. It’s a place where content rockstars gather to share tribal knowledge, network with peers, and build professional relationships that will last for years to come.

This year's conference theme is 'Creating Unified Content Experiences'
We are entering a new era of content consumption where customers expect personalized content. See how leading companies are seamlessly delivering technical, marketing, and AR/VR content to improve the customer experience (and generate revenue in the process).

Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager at Stilo to present at LavaCon 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 09.45 - 10.45

Can I Reuse This?

There are a number of things to consider when examining your content for reusable elements. It may seem logical to deduplicate any and all identical elements, but there are times when that might not make sense. Then there are those very close matches. Does that punctuation mark matter? How about the bold text in that warning? Then there’s content that isn’t quite a match, but could it, or should it, be rewritten for reuse?

In this session we’ll look at real-life examples of content being reviewed for possible deduplication and future reuse, and find some unexpected benefits as well as the expected ones. We will also consider some of the other things you can discover when examining your content for reusable elements that can help you improve your content for consistency and reuse purposes.


WEBINAR AuthorBridge v3: web-based DITA editing for SMEs - raising the bar ... again

Broadcast: Tuesday, January 29

View recording (registration required) >>

Web-based authoring tools are improving all the time, but with the upcoming release of AuthorBridge v3, Stilo is setting new standards for ease-of-use and performance for SMEs in DITA authoring environments.

Since its inception, AuthorBridge has provide SMEs with a truly unique guided and fluid authoring experience. Specifically designed for users with no knowledge of DITA or XML, it has helped organizations rapidly roll out DITA authoring to non-ID professionals in marketing, engineering, training and support.

To do this well requires sophisticated DITA content processing ‘under the hood’ and this is where AuthorBridge excels.

AuthorBridge v3 provides

  • a guidance panel to help SMEs understand where they are in the structure
  • change tracking; text and structural, authors can accept or reject
  • DITA map support; topics resolved and editable, can be inserted, removed, moved around
  • advanced copy & paste support; ensuring appropriate mark-up is applied and valid
  • superior table handling; support for <CALS table> for complex table formats
  • optimized performance for large documents

Want to see all this in action?

Join Stilo’s VP of Development, Patrick Baker, for this demonstration of AuthorBridge and see first hand why AuthorBridge v3 is the most full-feature, user-friendly DITA authoring tool on the market.

View recording (registration required) >>


CMS/DITA North America 2019 | April 15-17, Durham, NC

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2019 Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference being held in Durham, North Carolina from April 15-17,  2019.

Join colleagues from around the world for three days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical solutions. The Content Management Strategies/DITA conference offers many unique networking opportunities! Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Hear from key tool developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community.

Find out more about Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2019 and register.

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Join us for our presentation as part of the Technology Test Kitchen on Monday, April 15 | 10.00 - 10.40am

DITA authoring at IBM: All of the power—none of the pain
Mike Iantosca, IBM and Patrick Baker, Stilo

For most subject matter experts, authoring rich semantic content is considered too difficult. The prospect of learning DITA is something they have little or no tolerance for, they typically want to continue authoring in Word, or a Word-like authoring environment, and understandably don’t want to learn about XML.

This was the problem faced by the central ID Tools team at IBM—led by Mike Iantosca. With more than 5 million DITA topics and thousands of content contributors, they needed a low-cost, easy-to-use structured authoring tool that would win over the occasional contributors without compromising on structure – so they collaborated with Stilo on the development of AuthorBridge.

Join us for this session to learn from Mike about the implementation of AuthorBridge at IBM—he’ll touch on the integration with their CCMS and how users were able to virtually walk-up and use with minimal training, as well as the wider business benefits for intelligent content authoring.

Stilo’s Patrick Baker will follow-on from Mike to provide a live demonstration of AuthorBridge and talk about the unique architecture that makes all the above possible, as well as highlight significant new features for 2019.

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IDEAS Winter Online Conference | January 22-23, 2019

Conference Theme - Reusing Content

Reuse is one of the key business drivers for the adoption of a structured markup publishing model such as DITA. The ROI potential is compelling in today’s resource strapped technical product documentation environment, imagine being able to reduce the volume of content writers must maintain by 30, 40 or even 50 percent!

IDEAS is a two-day industry conference brought to you by The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) that you can attend virtually from the comfort of your own office. The conference includes five 60-minute concurrent sessions in two tracks, giving you a choice of 11 unique presentations. Participate live according to the published schedule or watch a recording of any session when it’s more convenient for you.

Stilo will be presenting a tools session on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12.30 - 1.30pm PST - introducing OptimizeR - a new content optimization service that analyzes your DITA content collections for exact and near-exact matches and identifies reuse opportunities at topic and element levels. Following review, it automatically deduplicates content, updates the associated conref libraries and ditamaps and provides a report of all changes that have been implemented.

Find out more about the conference, including the agenda and details of how to register.


SDL Connect 2018 | November 7-8, Santa Clara, CA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2018 SDL Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, California from November 7-8, 2018.

SDL Connect is a 2 day event offering attendees the opportunity to learn about the SDL strategy and product roadmaps. Hear from customers and partners as they explore the latest trends in global content management. This year SDL will discuss a new approach that centralizes data, standardizes processes, and integrates technology into a unified platform across the entire content supply chain.

Our partnership with SDL will help your business unify and evolve your content supply chain.

Find out more about SDL Connect 2018 and register.


WEBINAR | DITA OptimizeR—maximizing content reuse, September 27

Broadcast: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Presented by
Les Burnham, CEO
Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager

Content reuse is a fundamental benefit of DITA adoption, providing huge efficiency gains to authoring teams and helping to ensure the consistency of published information across an enterprise. However, identifying potential reuse opportunities and implementing reuse strategies can be a painstaking and laborious process. As an increasing volume of content is authored in DITA across authoring teams, then invariably more content is replicated over a period of time.

In this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar we introduce DITA OptimizeR, Stilo's new content optimization service. See just how easy it is to automatically identify reuse potential across your DITA content, deduplicate topics and update your maps and conref files.

Learn how, with the DITA OptimizeR service, you can

• significantly reduce the amount of content that needs to be maintained on an ongoing basis

• generate more focussed and rapid search engine results for customer queries

• publish more accurate and normalized content

VIEW RECORDING (Registration required)


CMS/DITA Europe 2018 | November 5-6, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2018 Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe conference being held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from November 5-6, 2018.

Join colleagues from around the world for two days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical solutions. With insights from over 30 speakers, 13 Sessions in the Technology Test Kitchen, an exhibit hall packed with the best content management solutions, and the very best in industry networking, CMS/DITA Europe is designed with your specific needs in mind—providing strategies you can use immediately as you create and manage technical content, and expanding your professional network with information development experts from around the world.

Whether you’re a Novice or a Master, you’ll find sessions that provide inspiration and practical skills, covering topics such as:

  • Implementing a component Content Management System
  • Adopting DITA, Markdown, or other XML structures
  • Effectively reusing content
  • Creating corporate taxonomies
  • Incorporating social media strategies
  • Managing teams
  • Collaborating across the enterprise

Find out more about Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe 2018 and register.


WEBINAR | Sharing content across the enterprise

Broadcast June 20, 2018

Presented by Amber Swope, DITA Strategies, Inc.
Introduced by Les Burnham, Stilo International

Can you easily find content created by other teams?
Is content consistently structured across the enterprise?
Do you have a common content lifecycle management strategy?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then join us for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar featuring guest presenter, Amber Swope, president of DITA Strategies, Inc., for a discussion on using content collections to share content.

Content collections are libraries of organized, labeled, source content units that are accessible by the appropriate people. Let’s talk about strategies to create and share the right content in your organization. 

What can you expect to learn?

In this presentation, Amber will explain how to:

  • Identify the requirements for the collection
  • Determine the collection scope
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders to build and manage the collection

VIEW RECORDING (registration required)

This is the third in a new programme of Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinars for 2018. Check our website for updates - new topics and dates are being added all the time! You can also find more Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources at stilo.com/knowdita


Meet the presenter

Amber is an internationally-recognized expert on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), creator of the Information Architecture Blueprint™, and president of DITA Strategies, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the information development field and 12 years of DITA expertise, Amber helps teams design, develop, and optimize their information architecture (IA) and implement DITA to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Amber has authored numerous papers and articles on information design, development, and architecture, and has presented at leading industry conferences as a DITA expert. She holds a master’s degree in technical and professional writing and a certificate in computer technical writing, both from Northeastern University.


STC Summit 2018 | May 20-23, Orlando, FL

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the merit sponsors of this year's Society for Technical Communication Summit - you will find us in the Expo Hall on booth # 304.

STC’s Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The conference attracts over 600 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a 3 day period and brings together like minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

The 2018 Summit takes place 20-23 May at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, FL.  The Summit kicks off Sunday evening with the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall. The 2018 theme is ‘Communicate the Future’, which will be reflected in the overall program of events as well as individual education sessions.

The Summit is made up of two major parts:

The Education. Organized in tracks, these sessions begin Monday morning and continue through Wednesday morning. Sessions are offered in a variety of formats and tracks.

The Expo Hall. This opens on Sunday evening and features numerous companies, all prepared to unveil and demonstrate new and exciting products, services, and technology to the world of technical communication.

Find out more about the STC 2018 Technical Communication Summit.


Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, will be making a technical presentation at the STC Summit 2018:

Monday 21 May 2018 | 10.30 - 11.20am