Keyword to XML projects? Consistency, reuse, multiple outputs, modularity…
When organizations want to publish the same content to multiple outputs, traditionally web formats (HTML, CHM…), print (PDF), and e-book (EPUB), XML seems the only solution with the added value of absolute separation of content from formatting.
XML adds benefits, such as reuse for enhanced consistency. It enables the authors to write on topics and assembly these topics in a larger document. Modularity means that several authors and reviewers can work on separate information at the same time. XML is a fantastic interchange format, removing unnecessary reformatting and manual copying or exporting content across proprietary systems and formats.
Advantages of a standard structure like DITA
DITA XML architecture quickly becomes part of the solution, with added possibility to specialize without breaking the processing, information typing, and several levels of reuse by the document, the topic, the block, the term, and furthermore using conditions for conditional publishing.
Moreover, DITA offers a structure to help writers follow a consistent information model. The task information model, for example, offers a strict structure for good information consistency and better experience for end-users.
How Componize can help with adoption challenges
Of course, there are challenges when migrating technical information into DITA: handling a multiplied number of files, choosing the right information model from the list of hundreds in the standard, ripping off quickly the benefits to get engagement from management, testing and maintaining links, handling metadata to label documents, enable collaboration for proper parallel editing.
Componize DITA CMS is here to help you not only starting your project, but also supporting your team and efforts for enterprise-wide management and publishing, from designing to archiving.
So that YOU can focus on content and releases.