Technical documentation is becoming more and more granular and distributed across the globe.
The key drivers for topic based documentation are:
- Distributed Authoring
- Content Reuse
- Multi-channel Publishing
The best methodology to implement the concept of topic based authoring is through XML and XML based standards. XML provides ways of separating the structure and the content which greatly helps authors and at the same time it maintains consistency among the contributions made by different members of the distributed team.
TCS2 allows authors to create new XML and DITA based content and it also provides the unique ability of seamless aggregation of unstructured and structured content together for publishing. FM9 books help in harnessing True XML power and in addition, leveraging the strengths of FrameMaker. The authored content can also be re-purposed into multiple formats with live FrameMaker document linking functionality in RoboHelp.
The upcoming Summer XML2009 conference seems a promising opportunity for discussing and sharing thoughts around XML.
I too plan to attend and present at this conference and very soon will be flying out of India for this Raleigh, North Carolina confluence.
I look forward to meeting all of you who plan to attend. The URL is http://www.aboveandbeyondlearning.com/xmlconference.html