Recently we ran a survey to get an understanding of what tools people were using, what they liked and didn’t like and what suggestions they would make for others using the tool. More than 50% of the suggestions for others had nothing to do with the tool, they were all about planning, research and design. […]
I was reminded again of one of the most important factors to consider in choosing tools: the people who are going to use the tools. It never fails, whether we are at a conference or at a client site, inevitably, someone asks what the best XML authoring tool is or what the best CCM system […]
Two things sparked this article. The first was a question about whether a company needs a CCM (content component management system) if they have an existing system that can handle XML files and the second was the answer I got from Interwoven today on their support of XML (no longer a focus they said). Let’s […]
I’ve had some conversations with vendors recently that revolve around the way the people are implementing DITA. The question was basically “Are people jumping in with both feet, specializing DITA to fit their content? Is there a phased development?” We are seeing a lot of phased development that begins with a move to DITA out-of-the-box. […]
DITA is a standard that was created for Technical Publications. It is very clear, looking at the structure of the topics, particularly task and reference that it was designed for Tech Pubs. Not many marketing writers are going to refer to parameters and commands when writing their content. However, DITA was designed to be specialized. […]
There’s another option for those amongst us who prefer not to see any XML code when creating DITA content. Adobe has announced FrameMaker v8, which takes the DITA functionality formerly available from the Adobe workbench as an unsupported add-in and delivers it in product form. New features include Unicode support DITA support Rich Media support […]
Is the content component management market heating up? Vendors have made a record number of announcements about upgrades and new features and functions and buyouts have begun. (more…)
OASIS, the international open standards consortium, has recently announced that DITA version 1.1 has been approved as a standard.
That’s quite a question for the many of our clients who are approaching DITA. They recognize the value of moving to XML and the value of a topic-based approach to their content. But, they wrestle with a variation of the same question that has vexed everyone approaching an XML or SGML standard for content authoring.