SCHEMA ST4

SCHEMA ST4 is one of the most used XML editing systems worldwide for creating modular documentation in technical documentation and other editing contexts.

Automated Reuse

Documents become complex when information is reused in different contexts. The simple approach via copy and paste quickly turns into a nightmare with the first update. With SCHEMA ST4, you change an information only once, every reuse of it is automatically up to date.

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For Professionals, But Simple

Professionals need complex tools, but not complicated ones. Editors and their colleagues value the possibilities which are provided through content modularization. So that you, too, can take advantage of them, SCHEMA ST4 allows you to perform sophisticated XML operations easily with the click of the mouse.

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The most important Features of ST4

You’d like to quickly create a new publication from existing content, based on a parts list, a selection of product characteristics, or via a configurator? SCHEMA ST4’s variant management allows you to create and update numerous variants as automatically as possible and as flexibly as needed.

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Providing information in several languages is the standard in our globalized world. However, this process is frequently error-prone and expensive for editing teams. With SCHEMA ST4’s translation management, you can keep things under control even with many languages and lower translation costs.

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In many areas, professionally layouted documents are still printed. Increasingly, however, the same content is needed in HTML format for various devices. In addition, software applications require context-sensitive help systems. But even if you only need to serve one output channel, you need different layouts for different contexts. Preferably at the touch of a button.

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Automated Reuse

The copy-and-paste approach reaches its limits at the latest when information needs to be reused in different contexts. Your documents become more complex, and you easily lose control. With SCHEMA ST4, you change an information only once, every reuse of it is automatically up to date.

Modularizing Complex Documents
Whether you call (text) modules components, topics, modules or nodes, SCHEMA’s possibilities are based on the XML standard. XML separates layout, content, and structure. With the help of modularization, you can structure content so that reusable content is only saved once as a module, and reused in all other locations.

 

 

Structure Sensibly with Flexible Granularity
Modules can be large, medium-sized, or small. They can contain text, graphics, videos, PDFs from suppliers, or other content. SCHEMA ST4 can represent all these elements: entire chapters, paragraphs, or warnings, bullet points and instruction steps, or technical data and product names.

Text in Graphics, Graphics in Graphics, and Layouts in Layouts
Why should you only reuse text in text? With the SCHEMA ST4 Callout Editor, you can also reuse graphics in graphics, as well as text in graphics. This is also true for parts of layouts – simple reuse is possible thanks to the SCHEMA ST4 layout features.

Automatic and Controlled Reuse
Reuse must match the scenario flexibly. In some processes, automatic updates are exactly what you need, in others you want a document to be synchronized with newest content only when required. In other scenarios, you don’t want to reuse content, but be informed when certain content has changed. In yet other cases, different versions must be taken into account. All this and much more is incorporated in SCHEMA ST4’s node and link model.

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For Professionals, But Simple

Technical authors keeping complex documents up to date appreciate the graphic and intuitive user interface of SCHEMA ST4. Its information model focusses on the essential requirements in technical documentation. All this with a flexibility technical authors master easily themselves.

FLEXIBLE WITH MODEL

Flexible Information Model

Thanks to node and link classes, SCHEMA ST4 offers great flexibility for professionals without programming knowledge and for teams without XML experts. Whether for PI classification or topic types like in DITA: SCHEMA ST4 can fulfill the basic requirements of modern information models, frequently without any configuration. The information model is linked to the graphical interface so that changes, e.g. new metadata or languages, are automatically incorporated.

FLEXIBLE WITH MODEL

Flexible Information Model

Thanks to node and link classes, SCHEMA ST4 offers great flexibility for professionals without programming knowledge and for teams without XML experts. Whether for PI classification or topic types like in DITA: SCHEMA ST4 can fulfill the basic requirements of modern information models, frequently without any configuration. The information model is linked to the graphical interface so that changes, e.g. new metadata or languages, are automatically incorporated.

Microsoft Word as Editor

SCHEMA ST4 has integrated MS Word as fully functioning editor. This not only saves license fees and training effort, but makes it easy to incorporate information from colleagues assisting with tasks. For anyone who doesn’t want to work with MS Word, there are professional editors such as Adobe FrameMaker or JustSystems XMetaL.

WORD AS EDITOR
WORD AS EDITOR

Microsoft Word as Editor

SCHEMA ST4 has integrated MS Word as fully functioning editor. This not only saves license fees and training effort, but makes it easy to incorporate information from colleagues assisting with tasks. For anyone who doesn’t want to work with MS Word, there are professional editors such as Adobe FrameMaker or JustSystems XMetaL.

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Complete Functionality

SCHEMA ST4 isn’t just focused on the core advantage of information reuse, but instead intends to cover all the usual requirements of an editing system. Thanks to the large feature set, it’s often possible to realize even complex new requirements without system configuration. For an overview of its functionality, we recommend the detailed SCHEMA ST4 product guide.

ALL IN

Complete Functionality

SCHEMA ST4 isn’t just focused on the core advantage of information reuse, but instead intends to cover all the usual requirements of an editing system. Thanks to the large feature set, it’s often possible to realize even complex new requirements without system configuration. For an overview of its functionality, we recommend the detailed SCHEMA ST4 product guide.

Layout without Programming

An essential advantage of XML editing systems is layout automation. However, XML and DITA standards require programming. With SCHEMA ST4, you as user can realize complex layouts without programming.

CREATE LAYOUT VISUALLY
CREATE LAYOUT VISUALLY

Layout without Programming

An essential advantage of XML editing systems is layout automation. However, XML and DITA standards require programming. With SCHEMA ST4, you as user can realize complex layouts without programming.

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Creating Variants Quickly

Thanks to reuse, SCHEMA ST4 makes it possible to create, maintain and publish variant-rich documentation. The variant management is supported by versatile standard functionality and is thus highly efficient. Whether you have 3, 300, or 30,000 variants, SCHEMA ST4 allows you to have all of them in hand.

Compiling with Drag-and-Drop
The quickest way to create a variant is by creating a new compilation. From all modules or from a search result you can reuse via drag-and-drop. You can also copy similar compilations and change them as needed. Reuse is preserved, as is the automatic update functionality.

Filtering from the Maximum
If you have many similar variants, it’s easier to create a compilation that contains the superset of all required variants. With the help of filters, a specific variant is then calculated. The filters use metadata for this. This process is especially helpful if you can filter your publications based on attribute sets or parts lists.

Compiling and Configuring Automatically
When configuring variants, all modules are consistently classified, e.g. according to PI classification. Thanks to this metadata, SCHEMA ST4 can automatically populate templates with the appropriate modules. Gaps are detected automatically. This process is helpful when the superset of all required variants can’t be specified and new variants need to be created flexibly.

Fully Automated to Publication
Your variant management once set up, you can publish the current version at the touch of a button. And even the touch of the button can be automated. SCHEMA ST4 then receives the necessary filter settings from another system (e.g. SAP, Teamcenter, Windchill), calculates the variant, publishes it in the desired output format, and hands it back to the other system.

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Translation Under Control

SCHEMA ST4 offers many features which make working with multilingual content easier, including, for example, multilingual storage of document structures, clear presentation of the respective translation statuses, management of multilingual image variants or even the smallest multilingual text variables. Of course, documents for complex languages such as Japanese or Arabic can be produced as well with SCHEMA ST4, since the content is stored in SCHEMA ST4 after translation.

WRITING OFF A PIECE

Increase Quality at the Source

Thanks to Author Assistance, SCHEMA ST4 suggests existing phrases during text creation. In addition, Author Support checks specialist terminology during text entry. This increases the quality of your source text, as the same concepts are described with the same words.

WRITING OFF A PIECE

Increase Quality at the Source

Thanks to Author Assistance, SCHEMA ST4 suggests existing phrases during text creation. In addition, Author Support checks specialist terminology during text entry. This increases the quality of your source text, as the same concepts are described with the same words.

Professional Translation Workflow

Normally, content is translated externally. For this reason, SCHEMA ST4 supports external translation without the translator needing access to SCHEMA ST4. The exchange of content is in XML, a format that is easier to handle for many translation providers than DTP formats such as Adobe InDesign or MS Word.

WORKING WITH EXTERNALS
WORKING WITH EXTERNALS

Professional Translation Workflow

Normally, content is translated externally. For this reason, SCHEMA ST4 supports external translation without the translator needing access to SCHEMA ST4. The exchange of content is in XML, a format that is easier to handle for many translation providers than DTP formats such as Adobe InDesign or MS Word.

TMS COTI ST4

Interfaces to Translation Memory Systems and Terminology Management Systems

Professional translators work with translation memory systems. Together with other manufacturers, we have standardized interfaces to these systems. Based on COTI, any translation memory system can be integrated into your translation workflow. Via TBX and Excel, terminology inventories can be exchanged with other systems.

TMS COTI ST4

Interfaces to Translation Memory Systems and Terminology Management Systems

Professional translators work with translation memory systems. Together with other manufacturers, we have standardized interfaces to these systems. Based on COTI, any translation memory system can be integrated into your translation workflow. Via TBX and Excel, terminology inventories can be exchanged with other systems.

Internal Translation

For simple translation tasks, e.g. in an overseas branch of your business, SCHEMA ST4 offers its own Translation Memory functionality via a special translator client. You can also easily import existing translation memories into SCHEMA ST4.

TRANSLATION MEMORY IN ST4
TRANSLATION MEMORY IN ST4

Internal Translation

For simple translation tasks, e.g. in an overseas branch of your business, SCHEMA ST4 offers its own Translation Memory functionality via a special translator client. You can also easily import existing translation memories into SCHEMA ST4.

Why do Companies use SCHEMA ST4?

Publishing in All Channels

Publishing in SCHEMA ST4 is of central importance. Many customers accompany their own products with documents that have been generated in SCHEMA ST4. Appearance is therefore very important. You can create professional publications with SCHEMA ST4 automatically and without layout programming.

Format Richness

SCHEMA ST4 offers numerous production options with which you can publish the created content to the desired output formats. Regardless of whether you need print formats (PDF, MS Word, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign) online (HTML5, XML), or software help (HTMLHelp, SCHEMA Reader, JavaHelp, EclipseHelp).

 

Automatic Layout
The data format of SCHEMA ST4 is XML. XML separates layout, content, and structure. Layouts can be created automatically. If the look changes or the content is needed in a different format, only the layout is changed and the content is simply published again.

Layout Without Programming
In conventional editing systems you need a separate layout for each output format such as Word, PDF, or HTML, which is partially controlled via scripts and programs. With the interactive SCHEMA ST4 Page Layout Designer and Online Media Designer this is a thing of the past. Without the need for programming, you can define flow-oriented layouts for user guides, as well as frame-oriented layouts for complex data sheets, extensive catalogs, forms, or folded boxes.

Layout for Print at Its Best
Layout automation usually produces documents that do not need postprocessing. However, for special requirements with sophisticated layouts, for example marketing flyers or packaging, postprocessing of the automatically generated publications may be required. With Layout Recall, you can make small changes to individual publications, for example adjusting the column width in a table, inserting page breaks, or changing line spacing. All changes are saved and reapplied for the next production.

Distribution of Publications
Today, editing processes don’t end with the production of your publication. How can you distribute information specific to different target groups and appropriate for mobile devices? Whether web site or app, SCHEMA ST4 offers you excellent integration with the content delivery platform SCHEMA CDS.