Ms Sester, head of information management in the technical writing department, summarized the situation as follows: “We knew that the existing special solution for creating orders had reached the end of the line. And as the editorial team was in any event strongly committed to SCHEMA ST4, we felt we should look for a solution within the authoring tool.”
The key to the puzzle was the project configurator in SCHEMA ST4. This Viewlet enables Excel data to be dragged and dropped, allowing material numbers, for example, to be integrated. An order number is then entered and the installed systems can be selected. The project is complete as soon as the order is checked and the product type specified. What proved particularly helpful was that the selections can be exported and reused without any problem.
By contrast, the error summary that the old tool delivered and which was a key element in the editorial process proved a little tricky. This obstacle was overcome by the clever use of metadata and a test module that was integrated into the content specifically for this purpose. The test module collates error messages in a hit list that can be exported in CSV format, permitting a comparison of the Excel spreadsheet with the original import list. This enables Engineering to control the order.