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Structured Authoring

Our structured writing training teaches you how to make a transparent structure for your documents. This enables you to write more user-friendly documents that you can reuse in various contexts.

What is structured authoring?

Structured authoring is a methodology to create content using information models. An information model is a formal description of the structure of a document and contains:

  • A list of all the components which you can use in a document
  • A description of each of these components and their usage
  • A description of the sequence and the hierarchy of these components

In a word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) or desktop publishing program (e.g. Adobe FrameMaker), you can do structured authoring by using templates which contain a limited, standardized set of styles.

Who should attend?

A STRUCTURED AUTHORING training course is aimed at anyone who has to write all kinds of
texts, for example:

  • Technical writers and copywriters who wish to write documentation in a more
    structured, topic-oriented way
  • Subject matter experts, for example product managers or software developers,
    who write content about their products
  • Administrative assistants and managers who write enterprise business documentation
    such as reports, white papers, quotes and blog articles

Prerequisites

You need to be familiar with Microsoft Word or a similar text editor.

Training objectives

The STRUCTURED AUTHORING training course aims to teach you how to write content which
is:

  • Clearer
  • Better structured
  • Easier to reuse in various different contexts or types of documents

The STRUCTURED AUTHORING training course is not a Word training course. We do not teach you how to use the specific features and functions of Word.
We focus on how to design well-structured content, regardless of the text editor or desktop publishing software you use.

Duration

The training lasts two days. If it’s easier for your planning we can always spread these two days over a maximum of two weeks.

Subjects

The STRUCTURED AUTHORING training course covers the following topics:

  • Principles of topic-oriented, structured writing
  • Information modelling
  • Information types
  • Style guides
  • Minimalism
  • Graphics
  • Writing for translation
  • Reuse: single sourcing and omnichannel publishing

Location

We can teach the classes at your company (“in-company training”) or at our Flow training center in Ghent, Belgium.

Requirements for in-company training:

  • Classroom
  • Catering
  • Flip chart
  • Internet access for the trainer
  • Each participant must have one computer* with a (trial) version of the required software installed

Requirements for training sessions at our training center:

  • Each participant must bring a laptop* with a (trial) version of the required software installed
  • we provide catering

* Make sure that your Windows User Account has Administrator privileges or User Account Control (UAC) has been disabled. In class, you may have to change configuration files or install additional software.

Maximum number of participants

8 participants

Follow-up courses

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be interested in taking the following course(s):

  • Unstructured FrameMaker Basics
  • Authoring DITA-structured content (XML)