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iiRDS – How a Novice Sees the Information Delivery Standard

Lately, the newly developed tekom standard iiRDS has gained quite some attention. The next exciting step will be the release of version 1.0, which will be released soon. Requesting and delivering intelligent information as a standardized approach between individual enterprises is a pioneering step in the Internet of Things – but let’s rewind a little. more ...

Pets at the office. Part I: Molly

The atmosphere at our office is always good, but when Molly is there, it gets even better. Molly is good for us. more ...

Soft Skills of a Technical Writer

What soft skills should technical writers have when they start their career? Linguistic and technical understanding is important in our profession. So are the soft skills - just like in any other job. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #5. Congratulations to the winners

In which country was the parson mug photographed, we asked at the beginning of December. more ...

RDF is not XML – RDF serialization and iiRDS metadata

The world of technical writing loves XML. Its document type definitions are the foundation of structured authoring. XML and the underlying schemas structure the content of our information products. The benefits are twofold. Content is consistently structured and easy to read. Authors have an easier time writing the content. The structure provides guidelines for authoring. more ...

FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 2: From FrameMaker into Word

In some projects it is useful to generate Word documents for subject matter experts – to collect input and to review comments.

Not only is tracking changes in Word very well suited for visualizing changes and comments, is it also widely accepted. Unfortunately, FrameMaker crashes sometimes if the document to be exported to Word is too large or if it contains images. So I searched the Internet and got inspired by a side note in one of the Adobe blogs, suggesting a "detour": FrameMaker->PDF->Word. I tried – and was surprised how well it worked. The Word export from Adobe Acrobat Professional is excellent; it even converts the images properly.

Of course, this way is only suitable if you convert single chapters on demand and if you edit the input/feedback before integrating it into your documents. But it is a useful workaround when FrameMaker refuses to export the contents to RTF.

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