Workflow choices: When and where do I introduce STS XML?


When and where should you introduce XML to your publishing workflow? During authoring? Before editing? Before composition? Or after publication?

In this presentation from the 2019 Typefi User Conference, Robin Dunford, Senior Solutions Consultant at Inera, discusses the pros and cons of all four approaches, with particular reference to implementing the NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS) for standards publishing.

“Don’t go for any particular XML workflow because it’s XML and everyone’s doing it. Evaluate what your business needs are and, based on those, that’s how you make your technical decisions on your workflows.”

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Robin Dunford

Robin Dunford

Senior Solutions Consultant | Inera

Robin Dunford has worked with Inera since 2012 through his company Dunford Consulting. He is a member of the Inera customer support team, and is also involved in setting up new eXtyles configurations, running eXtyles user, administrator, and developer training, and eXtyles software development. Robin also represents Inera at international publishing events and conferences, such as the Frankfurt Book Fair and the ALPSP Conference.

Robin has worked closely with several standards organisations, including ISO and CEN/CENELEC and a number of national standards bodies, covering eXtyles configuration and training, and also workflow consulting. He has also independently undertaken workflow consulting and freelance editorial office management for scholarly journal publishers.

Prior to setting up Dunford Consulting, Robin was Head of Journal Publishing at the Society for General Microbiology from 2004, having previously held various positions in SGM’s editorial department since 1998. Robin introduced eXtyles into SGM’s production workflow in 2006 and was heavily involved in the customisation, implementation and ongoing development of SGM’s eXtyles configuration.

Robin holds a PhD in Plant Biochemistry and spent six years in academic research before moving into publishing.