Which version of the STE specification does Acrolinx support?
We support version 6, which is the most recent version at the time of writing.
Does Acrolinx support different versions of STE?
Currently, we support the latest version 6 of STE. If you require previous versions of the STE specification, please contact Acrolinx.
Which rules within the STE specification does Acrolinx support?
We support most rules in the STE specification. Use the following table to see which rules we support.
|Section||Supported Rules||Unsupported Rules ****|
|Section 1: Words||1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.11*, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17||1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.12, 1.15, 1.17|
|Section 2: Noun Phrases||2.1, 2.3,||2.2|
|Section 3: Verbs||3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7||3.8|
|Section 4: Sentences||4.2**, 4.3||4.1, 4.4|
|Section 5: Procedures||5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5|
|Section 6: Descriptive writings||6.1, 6.7||6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8|
|Section 7: Warnings, cautions, notes||7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6|
|Section 8: Punctuation and word counts||8.1***, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10, 8.11|
|Section 9: Writing practices||9.1, 9.2, 9.3|
If a rule is marked with an asterisk, it means that we only partially support this rule.
* We support this rule as part of the "use approved words" rule, but we don’t actively classify words as slang or jargon.
** There are many possibilities where words could be added in a sentence. We only partially support this rule because it’s currently not possible to reliably identify all these instances in Acrolinx.
*** We support the use of vertical lists via rule 4.3, but we don’t specifically enforce the use of ":" and "-" as specified by rule 8.1.
|**** These rules are unsupported because it’s currently not possible to implement and check them in Acrolinx.|
Does Acrolinx adhere to the strict STE dictionary?
Yes, we do. We make sure that authors know when they've used a word that's not in the dictionary. You should also add your company-specific names and verbs to your terminology database. That way, your authors can use both your company terminology and the STE dictionary.
Does Acrolinx support S1000D?
We support STE which is a requirement for S1000D documents in English. S1000D also has many other requirements such as a certain XML document structure. We can provide text extraction settings that so that Acrolinx interprets this structure correctly when you check S1000D documents. We can also provide context-specific style rules. These rules help your authors ensure that their content matches the requirements of the document structure. Apart from that, we also implemented S1000D units and measurements.
Which authoring tools does Acrolinx support for STE?
We fully support Arbortext Editor (4.0 SR3 and later), Serna XML Editor (4.1 SR1 and later), and Corena Studio (4.1 SR1 and later). We basically support every authoring tool where Acrolinx has an integration for. However, not all integrations are yet optimized for STE checking. You can see the supported authoring tools in the compatibility guide . Some rules only work when you check XML documents, such as rule 6.7 "paragraph length" and rule 8.10 "titles, placards and quoted text count as one word". To get the best STE support, use a supported XML editor.
Can I get an overview of STE compliance for certain document?
Yes. When you check a document for STE, you get an STE Scorecard. This scorecard gives you an overall STE score out of 100. You can use this score to measure and compare STE compliance across different documents.
How is the Acrolinx score for STE calculated?
The calculation is similar to our quality score. Our documentation tells you how our standard quality score is calculated.
The STE score is calculated in exactly the same way but with one difference: Acrolinx uses the STE rules for counting words instead of the standard Acrolinx method. The STE rules will generally cause Acrolinx to count fewer words than the standard word counting methods. This means that it's a little harder to get a high STE score than it is to get a high-quality score.
How do I get started with Acrolinx for STE?
You'll need to install the 4.3 server and resources that support STE. The installation files for the server and your customized resources are available in your download area.
- If you're installing the server for the first time, follow these instructions:
- Use these instructions to install the resources:
- Finally, install an Acrolinx integration on your authors' computers.
After you've installed the Acrolinx software, we recommend that you enable checking profiles and set up a profile for your authors. Essentially, checking profiles help you make sure that your authors use the same Acrolinx settings.
Use the quick start guide for checking profiles to get up and running.
Once you've followed these steps, your authors can start checking their documents for STE.
How is Acrolinx priced for STE?
Acrolinx pricing is based on number of servers and named users. Please contact your account manager or sales for additional details.