Stylesheet creation for technical publications

One of the main advantages of working with structured content is the ease with which the data can be configured for almost any output. However, this can also become an issue with different customers requesting different and equally valid formats.

Mekon have been developing and modifying stylesheets for a variety of applications and standards for many years for the Aerospace and Defence industry. Mekon have the knowledge and experience to develop bespoke templates within authoring tools or fully standards compliant stylesheets.

Print stylesheets can be developed in a variety of applications including:

  • Antenna House Formatter (XSL-FO)
  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • Arbortext FOSI

and for such standards as:

  • S1000D
  • ATA CMP iaw S1000D business rules
  • ATA iSpec 2200
  • Def Stan 00-600 / Def Stan 00-601
  • MIL-STD-38784
  • DITA

Further information

Please contact us using the form  at the bottom of this page or via  contact us page

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UK MOD standards

We have long been involved in work for the UK MOD. From bespoke applications for the then RAF Handling Squadron – now the Defence Aircrew Publications Squadron – using AvP70, to modern S1000D stylesheets producing AESPs (Army Equipment Support Publications), Mekon has the expertise.

The UK MOD has a long history of leading the world in publication standards. From the JSP180 series, with AvP70, AESP and BR (Navy Books of Reference), which evolved to become JSP(D)543, Mekon has been able to support the British military.

These days, the MOD mainly contracts for S1000D, in accordance with Def Stan 00-601, however, individual services often still want a printed (or PDF) copy of a familiar format. Indeed, when it comes to specialist publications such as Flight Reference Cards (FRC) or Flight Crew Checklist (FCC) there can be no compromise about the presentation. The UK MOD’s cards have been copied around the world as best practice, and our Crew application stylesheet is able to take S1000D and produce Crew cards directly.

If you are supplying the UK MOD with S1000D data and need a formatting or BookBuild application then Mekon has your answer.

Stylesheet development

Much of our custom stylesheet development these days supports our notusBookBuild and notusCSDB print engines, as these are the latest and fastest technology, using XSL-FO.

We have stylesheets for S1000D, ATA CMP using S1000D data modules and the Civil Air Working Group S1000D/ATA Business Rules. We also have default stylesheets for AESPs and Crew cards.

We also have an extensive range of ATA publication stylesheets using iSpec 2200, for many different format outputs – AMM, CMM, Engine Manual, Wiring and more.

However, aside from these default stylesheets, we are able to produce customisations to client requirements or develop completely new designs based on your specification. These can be built on any of our platforms – and we can advise which is the most appropriate depending on the underlying data, the desired output format, and the editing environment you already have available.

Why worry about stylesheets?

Reuse your data

What’s a stylesheet ever done for me? Well, it can let you produce one set of data and deliver it to many different customers, in the format they desire. In the example here, the stylesheets from left to right are ATA-CMP, AESP, S1000D and Crew (the cards are a smaller size to be easily hand-held)

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notusCSDB for S1000D trial

If you would like to find out more about how notusCSDB could fit in your environment, we would be happy to speak to you. We can run an online demonstration, then if you would like to know more we can set up a free trial for you using our securely-hosted notusCSDB trial platform. You and your team can try out the system for 30 days either using the S1000D 'Bike Pack' sample data we provide, or your own test data if you wish to upload that. The trial is fully functional in every respect.

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