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Great Mekon Christmas Bake Off

In true Mekon tradition we have once again conducted another festive food content audit. This year our independent content audit is on Christmas pudding and shortbread on sale this December in the UK. “Tis the season to be jolly” Eat, drink and be merry. Christmas is a time for indulgence and a time for being […]

Mekon celebrate the wealth of experience and expertise of our long service staff

To celebrate another successful year for Mekon 10 and 20 year service awards were presented to our staff for their contributions and achievements over the years. Our CEO, Julian Murfitt presented the staff with flowers, certificates and gift vouchers at the Mekon Christmas party last week. Julian said: ‘There is something very pleasing about Mekon […]

DITA authoring with oXygen Author training – new dates added

Book your place on this training course which offers both experienced and novice DITA authors everything they need to work with the oXygen Author XML authoring tool. The course is divided into two parts – an introduction to DITA (1 day) and an introduction to oXygen XML (2 days). You can attend part one, part […]

Delivering Digital Content at Siemens Rail at Tekom 2016

Siemens Rail operates state of the art trains in a custom-built depot. To operate and maintain these trains requires a large amount of technical content, including maintenance and operating manuals. This content needs to support a wide array of users, including drivers, maintenance technicians and engineers, who access it on a variety of devices. This […]

Getting started with the DITA Open Toolkit training

Nearly all DITA content management systems and editors use the DITA Open Toolkit to publish output. This toolkit is, as the name implies, a flexible platform with which to build ones own preferred output styles and tailored format. Yet, Open Toolkit configuration is seen as an esoteric task, for specialists only. This course is an […]

Introducing Laura Katajisto and Dave Harrison

Meet Laura Laura Katajisto brings a wealth of experience to the Mekon consulting team.  She has a background in telecommunications, having worked at Nokia and Microsoft Mobile for over 13 years. Most recently, Laura was the business-side Product Owner & DITA specialist for the world-class content creation and distribution ecosystem used to manage the customer […]

Bitesize DITA: Keys part 4 – scoped keys

Changes to the specification can take time to bed down – as well as the time needed to develop support in CCMSs and authoring tools, there’s an organic process of establishing real use cases and a body of good practice. It’s a bit like musical repertoire – some parts of the spec are equivalent to […]

Mekon at Semantics 2016

By Joe Pairman, Consulting Lead, Mekon Semantic computing is a family of technologies that provides new ways of accessing and understanding content and data from many sources, whether within an organization or from across the web. For example, I attended a presentation by the BBC’s Jo Kent, who described their rich archive of radio broadcasts that […]

Mekon raise £100 for Macmillan Cancer Support

On September 30th Mekon joined in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Mekon joined the fun and we are pleased to announce that Mekon raised £100 by drinking coffee and eating cake! The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer which has raised over £7 million so far. People […]

Bitesize DITA: Keys part 3 – @conref vs @conkeyref

This time we’re going to look at how indirect referencing works as a mechanism for reuse. But in order to understand indirect addressing for re-use, let’s recap a little about direct referencing. Even if you are new to DITA, you might be aware of the idea of ‘conreffing’ content from one place to another – it’s […]