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, more 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 spent more than two and a half years working as a Content Architect for LexisNexis, one of the world’s largest legal publishers.
LexisNexis was fun because I got to work with lots of markup people like myself, but also because we probably used most XML technologies out there (and invented some new ones). I did a lot of dev work in what’s known as legal commentary, which is pretty much what it sounds like. For example, I 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 I wrote pipelines to produce what is known as consolidated tables of cases, statutes and indices. And I learned a lot about English legislation and its legal system.
But again, it was time to move on. In the middle of this year’s XML Prague conference, I got a phone call from a headhunter in Denmark, wondering if I was interested in working for a Danish legal publisher, Karnov Group. Things moved pretty fast from there and I’m writing this on board a train, commuting to the company’s Copenhagen office. It’s early days still, but I quite like it.