The ABCs of plain english with Schematron

Plain English uses Accurate, Brief and Clear language. Complementary to minimalism in DITA, Plain English improves communication using precise, concise and cohesive guidelines.

In this presentation, we’ll demonstrate how to use Schematron to enforce these guidelines. When integrated with an XML editor, Schematron gives real-time analysis and feedback to authors to make sure that content uses plain English.

This presentation explains the process of converting Plain English rules to Schematron, and gives tips and best practices for how to use these rules along with your own editorial style rules. We cover the various levels of guidance available in Schematron, so you can distinguish between informational feedback, and “must correct” advisories. Maximize your authoring experience, while improving quality and readability in your content.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Improve content quality and clarity, reduce time and cost to create content by automating editorial feedback to authors.

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. Visit his blog at:



Darrel Schultz is the editor for Digital Aviation Learning and Development at Boeing, where he brings over twenty 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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