Componize has just released an announcement about supporting the new RDA (Resource Access and Description) XML standard –  a librarian code to describe books, periodicals, and other information objects.

As a technical communicator or an instruction designer, it may seem a bit remote, but here are a few points that should get you thinking.

XML is here to stay

The new standard RDA is based on XML – a semantically-rich tag language.
Are you still working with unstructured content? XML is at the core of all modern publishing tools and formats. Resource Description and Access is the new standard proposed by the American Library Association to describe resources. National libraries all over the world are adopting it.

Content discovery is changing, fast

RDA, standing for resource description and access, modernizes cataloging codes and especially targets digital resources.

RDA is based on objects, relationships, and includes triples – all digital and semantic concepts.

RDA is an international standard now used in five of the most powerful countries.

Global content is here. With opportunities aplenty for technical communicators who developed a taste for XML.


Discover the use case that drove this thinking – which involves our partner Dakota Systems and their customer, the American Library Association.