Simon BateSenior Technical Consultant, thrives on technical challenges. With over 30 years experience in technical publications, he has acquired extensive knowledge in writing, managing, production, book design, template design, and document conversions of all sorts.

In addition to a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado, Simon also has a Certificate in Technical Publications Management from the University of California at Santa Cruz, extension. Simon takes great delight in programming and scripting. His motto is: “let the computer do the work.” He also enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.

Throughout his career in technical publications, Simon has developed tools to help him — and others — perform their tasks more efficiently. Simon’s programming experience includes projects in assembly language, C, C++, Perl, XSLT, Ant, Java, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, FrameScript, ExtendScript, and Python, just to name a few. He is also an expert user of many publications tools, including the DITA Open Toolkit, oXygen XML Editor, XMetaL, FrameMaker, WebWorks ePublisher and AutoMap, and many other systems that are now obscure or obsolete.

Since starting with Scriptorium in May of 2007, Simon has created innumerable DITA Open Toolkit specializations and customizations for PDF, XHTML-based, and client-specific output. Some of Simon’s non-DITA projects have included a search tool for web help, converting catalog tabular data into a relational database, customizing UltraSeek implementations, and customizing Quadralay ePublisher help output.

Simon divides his time at Scriptorium between tools development and training. He is a Certified Technical Trainer (CompTIA CTT+). He has given presentations at a number of conferences, including: WritersUA, TCWorld India, STC Summit, the Gilbane Enterprise Content Management conference, and DocTrain East.

In addition to his professional degrees, Simon has also earned a certificate in Leadership for Parish Musicians (Episcopal Church, USA). He sings tenor in choirs, directs when asked, and has worked as an interim choir director. An accomplished chef, all of Simon’s recipes are stored in XML using his own DITA specialization.

Simon enjoys the small-town life of Apex, NC with his wife and son.