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 23:04:38 +0000

Glad to help. Let me know if you have any other questions about Acrolinx.
We've been using it for a few years now, through various versions of Word.

Another thing that I find helpful in working on documents is Paul
Beverley's macros, particularly FRedit. It lets me quickly handle multiple
find/replace queries. When I find common problems, I write up the
find/replace pair in a 'rules' document that contains many such pairs, then
run the macro. For example, I always replace "in order to" with "to", so
that's one of the rules I have. Same with "the the" to "the". I can put a
whole bunch of those rules in a document, run the macro, and it'll do the
replacements all at once.

On Fri Oct 31 2014 at 3:57:24 PM Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
wrote:

> Thank you so much, Scott.
>
> This is exactly the kind of information I was hoping to hear.
>
> I really appreciate your sharing this -- it helps big-time.
>
> And thank you for having the courage to voice these things even in the
> face of the current climate of oppression and suppression that seems to
> characterize this discussion list.
>
> Steve
>
>
> On Friday, October 31, 2014 3:45 PM, Scott Bulloch wrote:
>
> 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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Content optimization software (terminology management): From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Content optimization software (terminology management): From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Content optimization software (terminology management): From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Content optimization software (terminology management): From: Scott Bulloch
RE: Content optimization software (terminology management): From: Janoff, Steven

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