My company, Creative Words, started out as my entry point into technical writing, translations and markup technology. As its own separate entity, it was little used as it was mainly the co-owner of an umbrella company, GNOSIS-Gruppen, that I ran together with some colleagues while working for various Ericsson companies. I’d never have presented myself as Ari Nordström at Creative Words, only as Ari Nordström at GNOSIS.
Then, of course, the IT bubble burst and we were all employed by others. I was at Information & Media, Crepido Systems, Sigma, and, most recently, Condesign, where I spent seven years designing document management systems and writing schemas, XSLT, XQuery, XProc and other things starting with ‘X’.
Sooner or later it’s always time to move on, however. In the beginning of 2015, I got an offer I couldn’t say no to and found myself starting up my company again. Creative Words was revived and now specialises in markup technologies and XML expertise. I’ve spent the last two years working as a Content Architect for LexisNexis, one of the world’s largest legal publishers.
LexisNexis is fun because it’s the first company I’ve worked for in quite some time with lots of markup people like myself, but also because we’ve probably used most XML technologies out there (and invented some new ones). My main contributions have been to various aspects of legal commentary, which is pretty much what it sounds like. I’ve converted the venerable 104-volume Halsbury’s Laws of England (Wikipedia describes Halsbury’s as “a uniquely comprehensive encyclopaedia of law [that] provides the only complete narrative statement of law in England and Wales”) from RTF to XML and written pipelines to produce what is known as consolidated tables of cases, statutes and indices. And I’ve learned a lot about English legislation and its legal system.