Simon Bate, Senior Technical Consultant, thrives on technical challenges.

With decades of experience in technical publications, Simon has acquired extensive knowledge in writing, structuring, managing, production, book design, template design, and document conversions of all sorts. Simon provides content expertise and develops tools to help him — and others — perform their tasks more efficiently.

Simon’s skills include:

  • Expert user of a number of publication tools, such as DITA and the DITA Open Toolkit, oXygen XML Editor, XMetaL, and Structured FrameMaker.
  • Experience in a wide variety of programming languages and scripting tools, including XSL-T, XSL-FO, Ant, JavaScript, Perl, FrameScript, ExtendScript, C, and assembly language.
  • Builder of many DITA Open Toolkit specializations and customizations for many diverse client needs.

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 a BA in Geology from the University of Colorado, Simon has a Certificate in Technical Publications Management from the University of California at Santa Cruz, extension.