Implementing Simplified Technical English (STE) makes your content easier to understand, less ambiguous and less expensive to translate. Because style guides are frequently ignored or inconsistently utilized, you need a (much more) automated approach that will work with your existing editing/authoring tools. However, implementing STE is not only about tools, as it’s equally important that authors receive training, that you standardize on corporate terminology, and that processes and workflows are in place to make an implementation a successful one.
Based on our 20 year experience in implementing controlled authoring and having training closed to 3,000 authors globally and in various industries, we will provide insights in the Do’s and Don’ts of an implementation, and how it fits into your DITA and Content Strategies.
What can the audience expect to learn?
Although STE is a great idea to improve quality and consistency in writing, it’s important to learn about the challenges and pitfalls beforehand, as an implementation is not only about tooling. Training, standardizing on terms, workflows and processes also need to be in place. During this session, both authors and tech doc managers will learn why STE is a good idea, but also about the Do’s and Don’ts in order to make it a successful one.
Meet the presenter
Roy Wijnen is the Project Manager for STE implementations at Etteplan, a publicly listed company with over 3,000 experts in engineering, technical documentation and IoT solutions. Roy has a background in linguistics and technology and strongly believes in applying controlled language to improve language quality and providing end users with engaging content. Roy has trained close to 2,500 technical authors worldwide working in various industries over the past 10 years, his training sessions are highly regarded by global leaders in their industries.