This morning we posted an interview with Suzanne Napoleon. Suzanne is perhaps the best known FOSI expert in the Arbortext community. If you ask around, it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t something from her. She has been the voice of FOSI for at least 15 years on the adepters mailing list, at conferences, and has helped numerous individuals learn the intricacies of FOSI development — from beginner to expert. Her FOSI tutorials have been invaluable to many people in every industry.

Although we’ve been a part of this community for nearly a decade, there’s always something new that comes out in these interviews–especially this time–whether it’s about the technology or the person, there’s always something new to discover.

I had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne in person for the first time last summer at the PTC/User conference. As a group, we know each other best through the mailing list. This is why it was her great pleasure to take the time to sit down and talk with her about developing FOSIs, getting started with stylesheets, and how to grow into the role that no one really plans to do when they set out (but that so many of us are drawn to once we discover it).

In the podcast, it was my pleasure to talk to her about her experiences, her expertise, and her advice for all of us who want to get better at what we do every day. Whether we use FOSI on a daily basis or not, her advice applies to stylesheet development for us all. It’s not the technology, but the best practices in the application of skills required to achieve results in automated publishing environments that makes the difference. Plus, it’s a fair bet that if you’re trying to do something with a FOSI and having trouble, Suzanne can help.

 

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