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A Clear Case for When a Content Conversion Makes Sense

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Did you know that it’s “all about the tractors”? DCL and Charles Dowdell, Director of Global Technical Service Information, AGCO, teamed up to discuss their partnership on the effort to convert a collection of content and manage it using DITA.

AGCO, a Fortune 500 agricultural equipment manufacturer, boasts that its tractors are used on all seven continents. Succeeding in a mature industry with intense competition means that the company faces pressures on all sides, according to Dowdell, who began the webinar by painting the background.

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A Clear Case for When a Content Conversion Makes Sense

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Did you know that it’s “all about the tractors”? DCL and Charles Dowdell, Director of Global Technical Service Information, AGCO, teamed up to discuss their partnership on the effort to convert a collection of content and manage it using DITA.

AGCO, a Fortune 500 agricultural equipment manufacturer, boasts that its tractors are used on all seven continents. Succeeding in a mature industry with intense competition means that the company faces pressures on all sides, according to Dowdell, who began the webinar by painting the background.

Sharing the Current Status of DITA, EPUB, and HTML5

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DCL and Eliot Kimber of Contrext, LLC, recently delivered a webinar to educate the technical communicators on the current status of DITA, EPUB, and HTML. Kimber, a founding and active member of the DITA Technical Committee, began the webinar with a few descriptions for those unfamiliar with these standards.

Second Annual Survey on Content Challenges in Life Sciences and Healthcare Demonstrates Value in Strategy

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DCL and Ann Rockley, CEO of The Rockley Group, recently shared the results of the second annual survey on Content Challenges in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry in a cohosted webinar. Rockley, known as the Mother of Content Strategy, began the webinar with an introduction to this year’s results and the promise of a comparison to the previous year’s findings.

Simplify the DITA Authoring Experience to Optimize Content Development Efforts

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015

DCL teamed up with Scott Hudson, Senior Consultant at Comtech, on May 12, 2015, to discuss best practices to make the DITA authoring experience easier while still adding the value of structure and validation to content.

Scott highlighted some of the concerns writers and subject matter experts have when making the transition into DITA authoring. Writers are often leery about DITA authoring because it is so different established content creation practices they followed in the past.

Maintain Content More Easily with Single-Sourced, Modular Topics that Map to Learning Objectives

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

In 2014, Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), DITA Strategies, and Lasselle-Ramsay, leading providers of content development, conversion, and strategy services, conducted jointly a survey to discover educational and training content trends. Over 200 people responded to the survey, and on April 9, 2015, Adam Golove of DCL hosted a webinar with Joan Lasselle and Amber Swope to present a standout finding: although maintaining learning content is a major challenge, content developers can mitigate issues when creating, maintaining, publishing, and sharing learning content.

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