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Getting the most out of S1000D – SDL makes S1000D easier

Changes in technology, the complexity of new and existing products, evolving government requirements, and key market drivers are increasing the need for businesses to adopt S1000D. SDL offers the training and consulting tools you need to realize all the benefits of S1000D.

Building your S1000D knowledge

SDL offers a complete S1000D Specification Education Series that is product and vendor neutral. These courses help program managers, IETM developers and writers to build the skills they need to successfully implement their S1000D project. 

Our S1000D training courses are modular and can be provided on-site at your location, or at one of our regional offices throughout the United States. Courses range in duration from half a day to two days and can be tailored to meet specific project needs. These courses are not offered as a substitute for learning the specification, nor are they authorized or sanctioned by the S1000D specification community.

Introduction to S1000D

This course presents critical aspects of S1000D so participants can understand the specification as it applies to their particular areas of concern. The majority of features and capabilities provided by the specification are presented and explained during this one-day course. 

Note: this course is recommended for anyone who needs to fill in any gaps in their understanding of the higher-level concepts of technical publications development. S1000D is a cradle-to-grave methodology that requires a more complete understanding of the entire technical publications development and delivery methodology than other specifications. This course shows how S1000D fits into the technical publications development world and how it addresses the key pieces of each major capability. Therefore, it is highly recommended to include this course as part of any startup effort. Engagements where this course has been bypassed generally have greater difficulty understanding the later training content offered here. 

Course structure: This is a four-module course. It provides an introduction to the major components of S1000D. Participants are not required to have prior knowledge of the subject or any experience with documentation systems, writing, XML, or documentation standards. 

Who should attend: Managers, Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Editors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: 1 day

S1000D: An In-Depth Exploration

This course presents the specification as it was intended to be used for various authoring, documentation development, and end-user communities. This two day course covers the majority of the specification and introduces students to the inner workings of the specification while highlighting important areas to understand and how to use them. This course does not cover all schemas used by a technical writer or IT developer. If a participant has no experience in S1000D or other documentation standards, it is recommended they attend the Introduction to S1000D course prior to taking this course. 

Course structure: This is a twelve-module course. It is intended to support a deeper understanding of all the major components of S1000D. A participant is expected to have some prior knowledge of the standard and preferably some experience with documentation systems, writing, XML, or documentation standards. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Editors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: 2 days

Authoring and Editing for S1000D

This course covers writing, authoring, editing and publishing of S1000D content for industrial scenarios using SGML and XML. It includes a deep dive into all of the schemas and what each element and how each attribute can be used. This course is an advanced course and should only be taken with the Change Management and Applicability courses for a complete understanding of how to author and use S1000D effectively. 

Course structure: This is a six-module course. It is intended to support introducing all the major components of S1000D with respect to authoring and editing of content, including publishing. A participant is expected to have knowledge of the subject and experience with documentation systems, writing, and XML or documentation standards in general. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Editors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: 2 days

Change Management (editing/QA cycle/workflow)

This course presents aspects of S1000D related to managing change-markup in XML files. Change management is a key component of successful content management, surviving an audit, and assuring you are in tune with the heartbeat of the project. Change management is one of the key capabilities of S1000D that make it a vital method for keeping track of the statistics of daily tech-pubs management. S1000D supports change management better than the majority of all documentation methodologies and uses a very simple method to accomplish the task. If you are a project planner or project manager, knowing your project is using good change management techniques is key to surviving the daily aspects of project creep and external pressures. 

Course structure: It is intended to support introducing the major aspects of managing change within data modules. A participant is expected to have knowledge of the subject and experience with documentation systems, writing, XML or documentation standards in general. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Editors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: 1 day

Applicability: An In-Depth Exploration of its Inner Workings

Applicability is why the S1000D specification is so often recommended for structured content development. It supports “dynamic content” and the ability to manage the content of unique customer requirements. Applicability is complex and can have serious consequences if not properly implemented, managed, and tested. 

Course structure: This course covers the inner workings of applicability. From the ACT, PCT and CCT files to the arrangement of 'assert' statements within the data modules, this course provides an examination of all the elements and attributes associated with this key aspect of the specification. A participant is expected to have knowledge of the subject and experience with documentation systems, writing, XML, or documentation standards in general. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

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Common Source Data Base (CSDB): What you need to know

This short course is intended to help students identify what a CSDB is, what the specification has to say about what a CSDB is, and what to look for in a CSDB to support your tech-pubs requirements. 

Course structure: This course covers the inner workings of what a CSDB is, how it works and what you need to know in order to take advantage of it. A participant is expected to have basic knowledge of the S1000D standard and a general idea of how documentation systems work. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Authors, Editors, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: 1 day

Project Startup for S1000D

This training helps tech-pubs groups get started on a new S1000D project. This also aids companies having problems with an existing S1000D implementation to identify what’s wrong and how to fix the problem. SDL reviews the needs of the customer to identify which courses and tools may be needed to support the business requirements for the project and the needs of the end-user community who will consume the content created by the system. The business problem may require training of key individuals, review of the tool set to see if tools meet the needs of the project, and recommendations on how to proceed. This is not a vendor-neutral consulting effort, but we will recommend the best methods and tools outside of our own product set as the need arises for the customer. 

Course structure: This course is intended to support getting a new project off the ground successfully. It is an exploration of the BREX data module development process, Business Rule Design Document authoring process and the creation of sample data. This is a hands-on course intended to explore the critical facets of project startup. It incorporates creation of a BREX data module using the SDL BREX Builder tool, authoring of Business Rule Design Documents using the SDL BREX Builder tool, creation of Sample XML data using default XML files and suggestions for testing. 

Who should attend: Information Architects, Programmers, Transform (XSLT) developers, Analysts and Designers. 

Duration: Duration depends on client needs

Additional training courses are offered for the US Navy.