Scaling quality using Schematron

Do you have limited editorial staff or resources? How do you ensure content quality in spite of an ever-expanding set of content and the unrelenting pressure to deliver that content quickly? In this presentation, we’ll get you started using Schematron to scale your quality control initiatives! When integrated with an XML editor, Schematron provides real-time analysis and feedback to authors to ensure that content follows defined editorial rules. (Remember, we rely on DITA to establish and control structure, but DITA is silent regarding the overall linguistic quality of content.)

You will learn about the process of converting editorial style guide rules to Schematron, including what makes a good Schematron rule. We will provide tips and best practices based on how we implemented Schematron at Jeppesen. You’ll learn which editorial challenges lend themselves to Schematron solutions and which are too linguistically complex and require a human editor.

Meet the presenters

Scott Hudson is the Content Strategist for Digital Aviation Learning and Development at Boeing. He has extensive experience in designing and maintaining content models, mapping and migrating legacy data, implementing content management systems, driving content and editorial standards, and evaluating new information technologies. Scott is a voting member of several OASIS technical committees including DITA, DocBook and Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP). Visit his blog at:


Darrel Schultz is the Senior Editor for Digital Aviation Learning and Development at Boeing, where he brings twenty-three years of experience to all editorial aspects of product documentation, with a strong emphasis on preparing content for a global audience. Darrel has compiled several technical writing style guides, including guides for J.D. Edwards—an early pioneer in enterprise resource planning software, and Jeppesen—the world leader in flight-planning and aviation navigation.


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