Style checker?

Subject: Style checker?
From: Yves Barbion <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 11:19:32 +0200

I'm looking for a style checker tool that dynamically checks whether
DITA-structured text complies with terminology databases and style
guides. Something that does the following:

Original: "Choose Print from the File menu to print the doctor's contact
details. A dialog appears. Click on the Print button."

Corrections suggested by the style checker: "Choose *File *> *Print *to
print the *physician*'s details. A dialog box appears. Click *Print*.",

* "doctor" is replace with "physician" to comply with the
terminology database.
* The syntax is changed ("Choose File > Print...") to comply with
the company style guides.

These are the basic feature requirements. It would be really nice if the
style checker can do the following too:

* Check multilingual terminology databases
* Check multiple style guides in order of a user-defined preference.
For example, check Microsoft Manual of Style first, then the Apple
Publications Style Guide and, if there's a conflict, give
preference to style guide A.

Kind regards

Yves Barbion
Documentation Architect
Adobe-Certified FrameMaker Instructor

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