WEBINAR | Downsides Of Poor DITA Conversions

Recorded on Wed, October 21, 2020

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Our Presenter:

Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager

Stilo and CIDM ComTech have partnered to bring you this webinar. Thinking of automating your entire conversion process to DITA? Wanting to handle conversion work manually, in-house?

Before you proceed, think about how the conversion could help you derive the benefits of DITA that you expect. A simplistic approach may allow you to publish something that looks just like what you have now. But a really good quality conversion will help you to leverage content reuse, personalization and multi-channel publishing, as well as making it easier to maintain and update your content. For example, will your conversion generate keys and keyrefs for variables? How about a relationship table, to prevent broken links? Will menu cascades be correctly marked up, for localization purposes?

WEBINAR | Converting RoboHelp Content to DITA XML

Recorded on Wed, July 29, 2020

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Our Presenter:

Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager

RoboHelp projects are typically quite large. Too large for manual conversion to be feasible. But there’s also generally a lot more to your RoboHelp content than just the text. What about build tags, for example, for multi-channel publishing? Can your folder structure be maintained? What about snippets, can we retain the reuse there? These are the sorts of questions we are frequently asked. We’ll show you how we answer these and more.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled time, we’ll be sharing the recording with everyone who registers following the live broadcast.

WEBINAR | Converting FrameMaker Documents To Good, Usable DITA

Recorded on Wed, June 17, 2020

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Our Presenter:

Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager

Whether your legacy content is in structured or unstructured FrameMaker, there’s a lot more to this content than just the words on the page. You may have conditional text, variables, or text insets, that allow you to reuse content. You may have index terms, cross references and footnotes. You want to be able to retain the usefulness of these features, and even to enrich the content in other ways, as part of your conversion process, rather than after the fact. We’ll show you how you can do just that with Stilo Migrate.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled time, we’ll be sharing the recording with everyone who registers following the live broadcast.

WEBINAR | Converting Word to DITA XML

Recorded on Wed, April 8, 2020

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Our Presenter:

Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager, Stilo

Webinar Description:

One of the things authors love about Microsoft Word is that it’s easy to make your content look just the way you want it. This does not always lend itself to a straightforward conversion to XML. We’ll show you how we leverage the visual cues in the document to discern the implicit structure of the content, so that you can derive good, useful DITA.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled time, we’ll be sharing the recording with everyone who registers following the live broadcast.

WEBINAR | Converting Complex Table Structures to DITA XML

Recorded on Wed, Feb 19, 2020

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Our Presenters:

Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager, Stilo

Webinar Description:

Converting tables to XML can be a challenge. We use tables to represent tabular information, sometimes in a complex way. But we also sometimes use them to lay out content on a page in a way that makes it easier for the reader to understand the purpose of the content. So while we often need to convert complex tables with merged cells, we also often need to convert the tables to something completely different, while still preserving the context that conveys part of the meaning of the words. Fortunately we can do these types of conversions automatically, using Stilo’s Migrate.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled time, we’ll be sharing the recording with everyone who registers following the live broadcast.

WEBINAR | Migrate—Fast-track your DITA content conversion project

Broadcast: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Our presenters:
Bryan Tipper | VP Sales and Marketing, Stilo
Helen St. Denis | Conversion Services Manager, Stilo

Watch this recorded webinar to learn how you can fast-track your DITA content conversion project using Stilo’s Migrate cloud content conversion service.

Migrate enables technical authoring teams to convert content to DITA on-demand, and with immediate results, from source formats including Word, FrameMaker, RoboHelp and XML/SGML/HTML. It can be used to convert a single document, with Stilo operating the service, or by global documentation teams that need to convert tens of thousands of pages of content.

During the webinar we show you how you can…

• Get your conversion project up and running really quickly

• Save a lot of time and effort by avoiding the need to document lengthy conversion specs

• Reduce the requirement for any manual pre-conversion prep or post-conversion cleanup

• Automatically generate SVGs from FrameMaker drawings and images with callouts

• Ensure high quality standards

• Benefit from a dedicated, pay-as-you use conversion portal, available 24//7

Trading Update

26 July 2018                            

Stilo International plc (“Stilo” or the “Company”) today provides a trading update following its half year end on 30 June 2018. The Company develops software tools and cloud services that help organisations create and process structured content in XML format so that it can be more easily stored, managed, re-used, translated and published to multiple print and digital channels. 

In the Company’s AGM statement of 23 May 2018 we indicated that results for year ended 31 December 2018 would likely be impacted because of the non-repeatability of two significant contracts that were received in 2017. Unfortunately, during the first six months of 2018 the Company has not made the sales breakthroughs required to compensate for the orders shortfall and the Board can now confirm that the Company expects to report a near break-even position for the six month period ended 30 June. 

Current indications are that this position is likely to continue for the second half of 2018, as the Company looks to build the sales pipeline. In the meantime, given our strong balance sheet, the Board intends to continue to make significant investments in R&D and expects to announce the payment of an interim dividend when the interim results are published in late August.


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Stilo introduces new content optimization service—DITA OptimizeR

Stilo International is pleased to announce the availability of a new content optimization service—DITA OptimizeR—that can automatically identify reuse potential across your DITA content, deduplicate topics and update your maps and conref files.

Whether you are embarking on the conversion of your content to DITA for the first time, or have existing DITA content that you would like to evaluate for additional reuse opportunities, then Stilo's DITA OptimizeR can help!

Maximizing content reuse
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. Keeping your content optimized for potential reuse should form part of any successful DITA implementation strategy.

With DITA OptimizeR 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, especially important in potentially hazardous and highly regulated environments

Try DITA OptimizeR for free!
We offer a free trial analysis with OptimizeR - simply send us a small sample set of your DITA content, and we will review the results with you. And if you don't yet have your content in DITA, no problem - you can take advantage of our free conversion offer with Migrate.

Find out more and upload sample for free analysis


WEBINAR | How to keep the reuse you have when you move to DITA

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 | 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.