Implementing Custom Templates to Maximize Content Reuse and DITA Acceptance

Since our implementation of a DITA CMS a few years ago, we’ve made an extensive use of templates. We’ve had a huge return on investment with these templates. We’ve reached over 90% reuse in some product ranges, and we’ve seen new users adopt DITA faster. We want to share our experience and tips.

What can the audience expect to learn?

You need to make DITA authoring more easily accessible to beginners. You also want to maximize content reuse & translation savings. At BIOMERIEUX we’ve reached up to 90% content reuse and our new users are rapidly efficient in DITA authoring. Attend this presentation to discover all the powerful advantages of using custom templates in DITA.

Meet the presenters

Frederic Fontbonne has been working for over 20 years in the technical writing field and for 7 years at the Product Labeling Department in BIOMERIEUX, an In-Vitro Diagnostics pioneering company. He was employed as a technical writer and participated to the selection, validation and implementation of a DITA CCMS tool. He is now responsible for planning migration activities and supporting tech writers and translation coordinators in their use of the system.


Yamina Dessein has been working for 5 years at the Product Labeling Department in BIOMERIEUX, an In-Vitro Diagnostics pioneering company. Now an Information Architect & Stylesheets Developer, she supports a documentation team of around 30 in creating and migrating Instructions for Use in a DITA-CMS.

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