XML, short for Extensible Markup Language, – celebrates its birthday and DOCUFY celebrates, too! That’s right, because we’ve both been around for 20 years now. Our declared goal then as now: To optimize editorial processes based on XML as a pioneer. Reason enough for us to travel to Prague from 8 to 10 February for the meeting of XML friends. There we not only met well-known people from the XML universe (Michael Kay from Saxonica, Tony Graham from Antenna House, Norman Walsh – inventor of the DocBook format and many more), but also had the opportunity to discuss interesting application examples from various fields as well as ideas and approaches around XML.
What is DOCUFY Academy?
When I heard about a year ago that I was supposed to present DOCUFY Academy at the 2016 User Meeting, the first thing I thought was: “Academy? What Academy? There isn’t one yet. Are we supposed to come up with a whole new training program from scratch in six months’ time?”
But then everything started to fall into place. We got things coordinated with the project managers, the new website was ready to be launched, and the topics to be covered in the new courses took form. It was obvious that it would be impossible to create a perfect, complete training program in just a few months. Still, as we all know, the only way to get to a goal is to put one foot in front of the other: step one, step two, step three… And the goal? It’s our motivation to provide you, our clients and potential clients, with well-conceived, carefully selected, and practical information – and it always will be. In doing so, we want to ensure that your road to better, more up-to-date, more future-ready (Multi-Level) documentation is a smooth one.
In July, Dr. Michael Fritz and his tcworld team invited exhibitors and contributors at the tekom annual conference – the technical documentation industry convention – to a joint workshop. Around 20 representatives from the ranks of manufacturers and service providers took up the invitation and came to Stuttgart with one goal in mind: to identify trends in the TechDoc sector and develop new topic areas for future tekom events.
The format of the workshop was similar to that of a UN conference: an informal gathering where the group first discussed and determined the topics and then worked on them together. Every attendee gave a brief presentation of the topic that was closest to his or her heart. We then compiled, reviewed, evaluated, and prioritized the topics. The result was three main topics that we discussed more in depth over the course of the day.