Structured content authoring

Intuitive | Collaborative | Governed 

A web-based solution with an intuitive Word-like interface that transforms content creation for authors, subject-matter experts and other content stakeholders in life sciences, financial services, manufacturing and other industries.

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Why structured content authoring (SCA)?

Many industries are under pressure to deliver accurate content faster than ever. They need the writing and review of business-critical and regulated content – which evolves over long periods – to be less laborious, repetitive and vulnerable to error. 

When standard word-processing tools aren't up to the job, our Tridion and Fonto SCA solutions offer: 

  • Easy content reuse and updates – without duplication or error 
  • Simplified collaboration no matter how many stakeholders are providing input 
  • Content governance including defined taxonomy use and 100% reliable audit trails
See how SCA can help you overcome content creation challenges in this infographic.
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How does SCA work?

Unlike standard word processors, which store and manage content as documents, our SCA tools store and manage content as smaller components. A component could be a phrase, paragraph, series of paragraphs, image, video, table, or any other piece of content. Documents or other deliverables are created by assembling components into a whole – they don't exist as a single file until they're published. Components can be used in multiple publications without duplication. 

The content is structured because there is a set of rules – a schema or content model – specifying the relationships between components and how they can be organized.


Stability and scalability

Give your writers, editors and reviewers a familiar experience without any of the frustrating lags or crashes that standard word-processing applications may experience when asked to handle long documents.
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Reliable concurrent collaboration

Enable any number of co-authors, editors and reviewers to work on the same document, with edits and comments visible to everyone in real time. Defined content models help everyone adhere to required content structures, while a variety of access and editing controls prevent any conflicts arising from co-authoring and review.
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Efficient content reuse

Eliminate the risk of errors resulting from manually copying and pasting content to new publications. Components can be used in multiple places without duplication, and publications with the same component will update dynamically when the component is changed. Authors and reviewers can trust that approved content is accurate and up to date.
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Simplified external collaboration

Enjoy an obstacle-free back-and-forth process with external partners, for example when consulting with advisors or getting approval from regulatory bodies. Since everyone has browser-based access to the same document, you know they're always working on the most up-to-date version and benefitting from the same reliable experience as your in-house teams. It saves significant time for everyone.
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Audit-ready documents

Use granular access rights to control who can do what with content (author/edit or review), and capture every edit and comment made – including who made it and when.
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Better information findability

Leverage standard industry taxonomies for better governance and supercharge information findability with metadata applied at a more granular level and AI-assisted tagging.
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Key features

Content creation that is intuitive, collaborative and well-governed
Duplicate documents
Familiar Word-like interface
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Component-level control
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100% reliable audit trails
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Concurrent authoring and reviewing
Standardized taxonomies
"It was important to have a browser-based XML tool with possibilities for WYSIWYG editing properties. Furthermore, we saw an advantage in experience and knowledge from structuring of product information for medicinal products."
Swedish Medical Products Agency
Swedish Medical Products Agency
“Super tool to use even for a non-editor, super friendly to play with the document, interactive. It will help ... all experts writing our standards. Well done!”
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Linde MH
"What truly minimizes processing time and personnel resources, is the fact that all text modules flagged as final ... can be reused indefinitely without ever having to be checked again."
"[The] intuitive user interface and online accessibility empowers our engineering and marketing staff to cut out the middleman and directly contribute to documentation development and maintenance."
Ruckus Wireless

Solutions for different needs

RWS offers two SCA solutions: 

  • Fonto, which can be paired with any content management system (CMS) or component CMS (CCMS) 
  • Collective Spaces, which is part of our Tridion Docs CCMS for DITA-based content creation