Davy Stockbrokers have published their Weekly Book, their flagship investment publication, using an XML to Word conversion and typesetting process for the first time, replacing QuarkXPress. XML Workshop Ltd. developed a set of XSLT stylesheets to implement a neat new graphic design for the book, by converting database-generated XML into Word-compatible XHTML.
Converting XML into Word makes an interesting change from converting Word into XML!
South Dublin County Council commissioned XML Workshop Ltd. to develop and delivar a 1-day course on how to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word. By using heading styles to structure document content, the accessibility of the Word documents themselves, and any derivatives creating from the Word document, including Adobe Acrobat PDF and HTML format, can be greatly enhanced.
Using headings is particularly important for readers with visual impairments, as headings are a vital navigation mechanism for them. This was one of the more surprising results from a recent survey carried out by WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind).
Of course, when creating derivative publication formats from Word, it is important to use the right tool to ensure the accessibility of the output. Adobe Acrobat (for PDF), and YAWC Online, our Word to accessible HTML conversion service, both convert accessible Word documents into accessible PDF and HTML output.
XML Workshop Ltd. have just completed an upgrade of 4 heritage websites in Co. Wexford to ensure they comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The sites are:
Silicon Republic, Ireland’s technology news service, have chosen YAWC Online, our Word to XML conversion service, to publish their syndicated articles in NITF XML format. The News Industry Text Format standard was developed by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) to enable the exchange of news articles between suppliers and publishers. Silicon Republic are now supplying the Irish Independent with a number of weekly articles in technology and careers using NITF.