Re: Content optimization software (terminology management)

Subject: Re: Content optimization software (terminology management)
From: Scott Bulloch <scott -dot- bulloch -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:44:42 +0000

Hi Steven,

Our company uses Acrolinx software. I'm generally pleased with it.

Acrolinx flags parts of our document with colored highlights that bring
attention to possible issues with the document, such as verb tenses, number
issues, extraneous words, and so on. It can also look for proper usage of
branding. I find this helpful because it gives me a quick visual cue to see
what I need to look at first. That said, it's just one tool in my set. I'll
run Acrolinx and go through its issues, but I'll also to a read-through to
catch stuff that Acrolinx doesn't or can't. I can also do a batch check of
many documents to get a point score for each document. Higher scores mean
more issues, so I look at those first.

As far as what I don't like? At least in Office 2013, it's somewhat slow.
When I save my document, it has to unflag and reflag the issues, which
takes some time. I wish there were some way to tell it not to check for
certain issues (for example, I don't worry too much about passive verb
tense).

Hope this helps,
Scott

On Fri Oct 31 2014 at 3:07:02 PM Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
wrote:

> Considering there are, what, maybe 1,000 to 10,000 people subscribed to
> this discussion list, I'll consider that one opinion out of -- and I'll be
> generous here -- 1,000.
>
> That means there are at least 999 other people on this list with equally
> valid opinions, and they deserve to be heard as well. And I hope they will
> speak up and express their own opinion, be it pro or con.
>
> But I don't really care about the merits of STE, although anyone who wants
> to is welcome to comment on that if they feel the desire.
>
> More importantly, there are perhaps two dozen people on this list who have
> actually fought for, implemented, and used a content optimization solution
> in their department, and those are the people I most want to hear from. I
> really want to hear their experiences with these solutions, pro and con.
>
> Armchair critics are fine, they have a place. But if they obstruct the
> free flow of information, and if they impede the kind of progress that can
> be achieved on this list by the sharing of information, experiences, and
> actual wisdom that comes from experience, then they have no purpose.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steve
>

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