Spring 2019

Q1 has flown by, I mean it has flown by at some pace! We haven’t stopped since late 2018; ever since our conference, we have been supporting many new and existing clients. Myself, I have been involved in numerous training and consulting sessions, all of which I have deeply enjoyed so a special shout out to those of you who have entertained and humoured me during our sessions.

Claire and the team have been working behind the scenes organising this years TDW-Live conference, already bookings coming in and suggestions from you on what you would like to see and learn more about, so thank you for your suggestions.

Having been on the road a great deal this quarter, I have tried my best to keep on top of podcasts, blogs, YouTube videos and the like. Through your suggestions we have deepened the content we are producing, some of you have asked for some more tips and tricks, so we have started developing this level of material, I have to say it is great fun doing it, we have surprised ourselves as to how much content we have to create for you, our roadmap has at least three years of content!

So what did we achieve in Q1?

Apart from the training and consulting, we have had numerous requests for support in terms of identifying software solutions, from Adobe FrameMaker templates through to S1000D IPD support as well as multiple requests from our network on the best CSDB solutions (and costs) available on the market.

During Q1 I wrote a blog on the role of the S1000D Common Source Database (CSDB), and this sparked several emails into me, especially from those trying to manage an S1000D project without one, all concurring with me that the CSDB is a valuable time-saver. I did receive another question around the CSDB which I have attempted to answer in this issue as I feel it was a very good question.

The TDW-Live conference planning is well underway, and I want to do something different this year, we are going to take a paper-based technical manual and work it through a conversion process. We will talk about the why and how of turning the content into structure like eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) and what this gives us. We will take the document on a journey and show you what we gain, how much it took in terms of effort and energy and best of all some of the vendors will show you how they can use the same content and apply some of their magic to it.

XML & S1000D Training

At the end of 2018 we produced version one of this neutral and independent course and I have really enjoyed delivering it. Iterations and updated versions of this course have now been delivered in the UK, Germany, France, Czech Republic and during Q2 will see us again road-tripping around Europe delivering customised versions of this course.

The TDW App just gets better

We issued the first significant change to the TDW mobile app during Q1, a slightly different layout and colour scheme to meet with our new logo design. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to send in your positivity around the new look and feel of the TDW logo. We are planning lots of new features for the app so please do make sure you download it and of course send in your comments to us for suggested improvements.

That leaves me to say; please enjoy this issue; I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

All the very best and see you on the circuit from me and the team here at TDW.


Check out what is inside this issue!

  • The Big Question – Open-Source software for S1000D?
  • S1000D – We Need your Opinion – Study into S1000D Opinion
  • A2Z of S1000D a Round-up
  • S3000L – Survey Results
  • Ask Mike your Tech Comm Questions
  • Simplified Technical English – Structure within Structure
  • Support Engineering – Fettered by Commercial Practice?
  • 20 Considerations of data conversion
  • Tools for Tech Comm – Abbyy FineReader