WEBINAR | How to keep the reuse you have when you move to DITA | March 27, 2018

Broadcast | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

You are moving to DITA, but you’ve already got reuse happening in your legacy format. Reuse mechanisms don’t usually match DITA’s. How can you keep the added value of content reuse when you move the content to the new format?

You may have your reused content in text insets, common files, or snippets. Text insets and snippets can be big or small, contain any amount or type of content, from a single word or phrase to one or more entire topics, and anywhere in between.

Reuse in DITA, though, happens at the element level, whether by conref or topicref. So we've got to get your content into a form that is readily reusable as we republish the legacy information, as well as available for reuse in new publications.

Thankfully, there's a quick and easy way to do this, and we'll show you how. Join Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how to keep the reuse you already have when you move to DITA.

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


WEBINAR | How to prepare content for conversion to DITA

Broadcast: Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

So, the decision is made to implement DITA and you now need to convert your existing content from Word, FrameMaker or other unstructured formats. The content audit has been done and you need to figure out what you REALLY need to do to your content before you start the conversion process. It’s maybe not as much as you might think!

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this recorded Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar, to learn:

  • What is the most useful thing to do pre-conversion?
  • What kind of things influence what else you might want to do pre-conversion?
  • What are the common trouble areas in the different source formats?
  • What is best left for post-conversion?

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


tekom Fair 2017 | October 24-26, Stuttgart, Germany

While not exhibiting, Stilo will be attending the tekom Fair 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26. If you would like to arrange to meet with one our representatives, drop us an email.

Learn more about Stilo’s Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to DITA, JATS & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The tekom fair – together with the tekom annual conference and the tcworld conference, held simultaneously in English – is the world's largest event for technical communication. The fair takes its visitors to its venue, the ICS (International Congress Center Stuttgart) – Messe Stuttgart. Find out more and register here.


Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 | October 11-15, Germany

Come and meet Stilo at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, you will find us in Hall 4.2 - as part of the Professional & Scientific Information Hot Spot, on booth N92.

Learn more about Stilo's Migrate - a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important international trade fair for content, the center of the international media world and a major cultural event. Nowhere else in the world does the publishing and media industry show itself from a more diverse, innovative and international side than during these five days in October.

Find out more and book your fair ticket.

Bookmark our presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair:
A new approach to XML JATS content conversion & editing using web-based tools

Presented by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Thursday, October 12, 3.30pm

XML-based workflows are becoming increasingly well-established. Moving to an XML-based publishing environment can save time and money and make new publishing paradigms possible.

In this session, we will introduce you to two new web-based tools for STM publishers looking to target the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) XML specification:

  • Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content, including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats
  • AuthorBridge – a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content

Discover how Stilo can help you significantly reduce your ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.


Migration to DITA – The Atmel / Microchip Story

Morten Haaker, Staff Business System Analyst | Microchip Technology
Introduced by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Broadcast Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Are you thinking about moving to DITA? In addition to learning DITA, tool and vendor selection, creation of stylesheets, change management and other challenges, you may be faced with having to convert thousands of pages of detailed technical information from an unstructured format to DITA.

This was the task Atmel’s Morten Haaker was faced with back in 2013 when the company embarked upon their DITA migration project. Morten and his team successfully converted hundreds of Atmel’s complex technical documentation (semiconductor-specific information and datasheets of more than 2000 pages) from unstructured FrameMaker to the DITA standard using Stilo’s Migrate cloud XML content conversion service.

But the conversion project didn’t end there. In April 2016, Atmel was acquired by Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, and Morten was further tasked with migrating Microchip’s FrameMaker documents to DITA.

Join us, and Morten, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how they approached the issue of content conversion as an integral part of their DITA implementation and how they managed the conversion of Microchip’s technical documentation following the acquisition.

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Presenter bio | Morten is a Staff Business System Analyst at Microchip Technology responsible for the technical documentation project. Located in Norway, Morten has been with Atmel/Microchip for more than 15 years. He holds a Master of Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and heads up the Nordic SDL Knowledge Center User Group.


Balisage 2017 Symposium | July 31, 2017, Rockville MD

Up-translation and up-transformation: tasks, challenges, and solutions
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis will be providing a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service and available to answer any questions attendees may have on content conversion. Visit the symposium website for more information on this and Balisage 2017.

About the symposium

Document users sometimes find that the formats of the documents available are not rich enough to support their intended uses. Conversion of content and/or increasing the specificity of markup is an important task in many different content and information workflows. Markup transformations can involve high-level structuring, detailed component structuring, and/or enhancing information by inserting or matching or linking to external vocabularies or data. Enhancing markup presents numerous challenges including lack of structure of the inputs or inconsistency of input data down to the level of spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Sources for up-translation may be XML, word processing documents, or just plain text.

The range of approaches to up-transformation is as varied as the specifics of the input and required outputs. Solutions may combine automated processing with human review or could be 100% software implementations. Transformations can require maintenance and evolution as content practices and standards evolve over time.

The presentations in this pre-conference symposium will include goals, challenges, solutions, and workflows for transformation and significant XML enhancement, including approaches, tools, and techniques. Topics include content types such as LaTeX, MS Word XML, RTF, HTML, TEI, DITA, JATS, BITS and workflows for existing content and new content. HTML as a robust intermediate format will be a major topic. The symposium will also include a session of demos of conversion tools.


A new approach to XML content conversion | July 18, 2017, 9am PDT

Join us for this free 30 minute webinar to see Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service in action and discover how your organization could benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

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

A new approach to XML content conversion

XML content conversion workflows have long been established in the scholarly publishing community with publishers typically electing to use one or a mix of outsourced services, third-party software or custom-developed scripts. These different approaches have served the community well over recent years, but Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service now provides a radically different approach to help publishers significantly reduce their ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

The Migrate JATS hosted web service enables journal, academic and book publishers to automate the conversion of documents authored in Word to the JATS XML specification, as part of a publishing workflow. The service is available in the cloud or on-premise, and is accessible 24/7. Benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion, with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

Why Stilo Migrate?

Migrate has been established in the XML DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) community for many years, enabling publishers of technical documentation to reduce conversion  turnaround times & costs and gain full control over content quality. It is this success within the DITA community that has inspired us to develop the Migrate JATS service for scholarly publishers.

Find out more about Migrate JATS

Convert sample document to JATS for free

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SDL Connect 2017 | October 25-26, San Jose, CA

Stilo is pleased to be one of the bronze sponsors at SDL Connect 2017, being held October 25-26 in San Jose, California - SDL's annual flagship event that offers attendees two packed days of learning, networking and connecting!

Prepare for the future of digital globalization at SDL Connect!

Join us for two packed days at SDL Connect, our annual flagship event, to discuss globalization, localization, AI, web and technical content management, and much more. We’ll also be commemorating how, for the past 25 years, SDL has been helping companies change the way they communicate with customers, and we’ll share our vision for the next 25.

Find out more about SDL Connect and register to attend.


Migrate Live Demo | July 12, 2017, 9am PDT

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a live 30-minute demonstration of the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service. Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of their content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook to DITA and custom XML. It provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a low-cost, pay-as-you-use basis.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Find out more about the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service
Convert sample document to DITA for free

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CIDM Best Practices 2017 | September 11-13, Burlington, VT

Stilo is pleased to support the CIDM Best Practices conference - the premier annual conference for managers of information development, whether it be for user and product support, or training. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.  In its 19th year, the Best Practices Conference will be held in Burlington, Vermont.

Visit the conference website to find out more and to register!  (Register on or before July 4th and save $170!)