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January CIDM Roundtable: Team Development: Setting Goals

Headshot of a smiling woman with shortish hairDana Aubin and Trish Grindereng, Comtech Services
February 1, 2023

With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to think about setting team goals. At January’s CIDM roundtable, we had a great discussion about the diverse ways companies set performance goals and conduct reviews.

Some companies use traditional goal setting where performance planning and reviews are an annual event with goals set at each level of the business and cascaded down. However, other companies are trying different strategies to evaluate employees, which enables goals to be set more frequently and allows for adjustments to changing business demands. […]

English Usages, Enigmatic Rummages

headshot of a man with short dark hair and a mustacheSairam Venugopalan, Qualcomm
February 1, 2023

The queen’s language, the imperial vernacular, the royal dialect,…we’ve seen different connotations of this elite or eerie communication channel or medium of instruction called English. With its far-flung diversification and subtleties, the roots of the British English tree have proliferated into variegated scripts. Conspicuous among the branches of that base tree is international or American English. While all lingos encounter this bizarreness as they have spinoffs, the perplexities are more profound with the English dialect because of the universal and percolated usage or adoption it has. This compendium attempts to muse on a few stark differences that we see with the generalized or global English codifications, offering nuggets for thought, evoking a chuckle, or arousing a revelation. With this subject under the scanner having unbounded lengths and depths, only the surface can be scratched in the excavation or expedition to conduct an anatomy and introspection of the English trove. […]

Information Design for Documentation

Headshot of woman with long dark hairGeetha Haridas, Qualcomm
January 15, 2023


User documentation plays a critical role in helping users to understand how to use software products. Although the belief that ‘nobody reads documents’ still exists, research studies by Schriver (1997) suggest that users, regardless of their age or gender, read documentation to understand and use products and technology. However, documentation can be successful only if it meets the requirements of users (Schriver 1997).

The demand for quality documentation has given rise to concepts such as information design that are concerned with creating usable information for users. However, information design is a vast field that has been defined in various ways. Information design sometimes involves enhancing the appearance and readability of documentation (Burnett 2001). In some other contexts, information design is a problem-solving activity that authors carry out to create usable documentation (Carliner 2001). Multiple and contradictory views about information design often make it difficult to apply this concept in a practical context. […]

Remembering Bill Hackos

headshot of smiling manComtech Services
December 2022

It is with heavy hearts that Comtech announces the passing of William (Bill) Hackos, former owner and vice-president of Comtech. Bill played an instrumental part in Comtech’s existence for almost 40 years until retiring six years ago, doing anything and everything necessary for the business, from consulting to writing newsletter articles, from tracking financials to managing people, from holding down the fort while JoAnn was away to traveling all over the world with her. As he was a constant presence at our conferences, we’re sure many of you met him personally and have fond memories. […]

CIDM Sponsor Profile – Stilo

Stilo logoHelen St. Denis, Stilo
December 1, 2022


Migrating unstructured content to structure

There are several ways to convert your unstructured content to a structure such as DITA XML. You can do it in-house, of course, if you have the resources available. It will usually involve writing, adjusting, and maintaining scripts to do the heavy lifting. The more formats the content is in, the more scripts you will need.

Alternatively, you can gather up all your content and send it to a vendor to convert it for you. It is often better to let a specialist do the work so you don’t have to. But it may mean a content freeze for some time while the conversion is undertaken. […]

Success With Your Content – What Does It Take?

Headshot of a smiling women with long flowing dark hairAnu Singh, Fiserv
November 15, 2022

In the last two years, the way organizations have evolved with respect to digital transformation, in a similar fashion, the traditional approach towards content development has evolved, and the line between–the guided and unguided learning has blurred with a noticeable shift in the learning environment that many of us might be experiencing.

In a corporate learning environment, as educators and clients’ success enablers, it is our responsibility to support learners on their product adoption or learning journey through a holistic learning process and create a learning environment that is safe and provides learners with an opportunity to play with the learning content. As we evolve with Industry 4.0, it is critical to consider the experiences that come with technology and complement it with content that users need with the technology they are using. […]

CIDM Sponsor Profile – Acrolinx

November 1, 2022

Ready – steady – go(vernance)!

How to govern your content processes for maximum efficiency and impact

These days, just about every team is under pressure to try and do more with less. Technical communication teams at large enterprises are no exception. Technical content closely connects to business goals, like reducing the number of calls to customer support through the quality and clarity of their manuals. Or lowering the risk of wrong product usage through clear and consistent tone and terminology. […]

CIDM Sponsor Profile – IXIASOFT

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Jean-Marc Robillard
October 15, 2022


About Us


Founded in 1998, IXIASOFT is a trusted global leader in the Component Content Management System (CCMS) industry, providing software and services to some of the biggest names in their respective industries, including Abbott, ARM, DocuSign, Komatsu, Mastercard, SAP®, and Toyota. We also provide 24/7 support from our Global offices across North America, Europe, and Japan. For nearly 25 years we have been pioneers in the tech comm industry, and our commitment to universal standards for everyone is the reason we continue to be involved with OASIS, ever since the first version of DITA.

Our guiding principles include respect, loyalty, attentiveness, and transparency in all our interactions with clients, partners, and colleagues. Our mission is to help customers succeed in their technical documentation goals. […]

CIDM Sponsor Profile – Kaleidoscope

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October 1, 2022

(Multilingual) Content Quality Is No Coincidence!

The current trend of content marketing has had a huge impact on technical content creation. Not only has the ease with which end users can find your content become more important, but companies are increasingly discovering that technical content is just as important a pillar of the overall content strategy as pre-sales “smarketing” content. You therefore need to ensure that customers and prospects are satisfied with the quality of your content. In this article we describe a proven approach for strategic content quality with a special focus on multilingual challenges. […]

DITA-OT Day 2022 – The Preliminary Agenda Is Available!

black & white photo of man with short dark hair, beard, and mustache

Alin Belu, Syncro Soft
Oxygen XML Editor

September 15, 2022



Hello everyone, Great news! The preliminary agenda for DITA-OT Day 2022 is now available and you can check it by accessing

Also, you can still make your proposals to become one of the DITA-OT Day 2022 speakers. The deadline for receiving your submissions has been moved to October 1st. […]


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