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Becomming a Wiki-Driven Company Recording Slides Wikis seem to be the poster child of Web2.0 content delivery. But how practical are they for creating and delivering content that people can really use? Relive our experience of setting up not just one but four different wikis, each designed to meet a different need and have a defined role in delivering information for different audiences. Find how we populated them, how they were received by our customers, and how we published traditional online help from wiki content.
Unstructured FrameMaker vs. XML: There and Back Again, a Controversial Tale Recording Slides After HP acquired OuterBay, the former OuterBay team made a commitment to convert 100% of our unstructured FrameMaker documents into an existing XML-based content management system. Our conversion was a joy and completed in approximately three months. We were delighted with some of the features promised by the content management tool; the opportunity to "find similar" practically had us chomping at the bit to get all of our content in the system. We also experienced some engaging conversations with our engineering manager. However, when it got down to actual usage and being able to meet dates, the inability of the system to accommodate text reuse across books in an unpublished release forced us to go back to our unstructured FrameMaker system.
Moving To DITA: The Management View Recording Slides What's the future of technical documentation? And how do you convince upper management to spend money to make life easier for publications while preparing for what XML can do for your company’s future? Learn how LSI built a business case for moving to topic-based information development, taking advantage of using familiar existing tools.
Going Paperless Recording Slides The paperless office is more than a myth-- for many home office workers, it's a reality. Learn the tips, techniques, and strategies for establishing a paperless system that works for you.
Doc To Wiki Recording During the rewrite of the ePublisher documentation, content was authored in structured FrameMaker. Next, ePublisher will be used to publish the content to a new wiki at Learn how the process went from the documentation team's perspective.
Stop Wasting Time: 10 Ways to Become More Efficient Recording Slides Most folks complain they don't have enough time to move their careers forward. Most of the time that is simply not true. There's plenty of time in each day, but we're used to wasting it on time-sucking tasks that provide little or no business value. Learn ten of the biggest time-consuming tasks we perform each day and how to accomplish them more efficiently.
Why Publishing Is No Longer the Last Step Recording Slides Traditionally, publishing is all about delivering content for the end user, and that's it. But it needn't be. Find out why publishing your information can be just the start of new relationship that adds value to both the user and the information provider.
Cutting Costs with Controlled Authoring Recording Slides Simplified Technical English is a long-term, comprehensive initiative designed to standardize the way technical publications are written. It improves readability, prevents misunderstandings, and facilitates globalization in a reliable, cost-effective and efficient way. In addition to bringing clarity and consistency to technical documentation, STE can save you up to 30% in translation costs. Furthermore, STE facilitates industry standards like DITA, S1000D, and SCORM, and also XML and CMS through optimum reusability. Berry Braster will explain the principles of STE and its benefits, and will give you practical and real-life examples in the form of case studies.
S1000D and WebWorks Users: Should You Care? Recording Slides The WebWorks community has grown up around the subject of on-line help. Where XML is being adopted, DITA is the most likely solution, especially for new adopters. S1000D bears remarkable similarities to DITA and is largely geared towards a somewhat different electronic format: the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM). Both communities are grappling with issues of reusing technical data for training, and there has even been talk about a DITA specialization for S1000D. This talk provides an introduction to S1000D for WebWorks users. We aim to help you ascertain if and where S1000D might be a more suitable specification, how it works, what tools are available to support it, and gaze into the extent to which there may be convergence.
Demystifying Eclipse Help: A Short Use Case Recording Slides After getting through the misinformation and Eclipse jargon, I found that creating Eclipse Help was a relatively easy task. Using stationery already developed for an existing project, I was able to use WebWorks to create 97% of the help system. Then with a little help from a developer to create the proper TOC file, we were good to go.
Moving To DITA: How We Did It Recording Slides So you want to move to DITA but you don’t want the headache of maintaining custom XSL transforms? Move to an environment that is totally automated and WORKS. Using the ultimate tool set, LSI’s two very distinct pubs organizations were able to save both personnel and tool resources. Our ESG Pubs organization has been working with DITA for over four years and has been blown away by not having to maintain any more XSL transforms. The ePub tool set can process both existing unstructured legacy docs with new DITA XML files. One stationery now supports multiple targets, formats and deployment. These include WebWorks Help, PDF, Oracle Help and Java Help and customized online help, for internal and external customers. The interaction between Vasont and WebWorks provide automation for the extract and publication process. Webworks has been instrumental in developing the Ultimate Publishing Environment.
Transforming Technical Communications Departments in Agile Environments Recording Agile is an engineering-centric development model for which advocates “just enough” documentation, be it requirements, design specifications, or end-user documentation. High-tech industries are shifting from a traditional waterfall development process to Agile development processes like Scrum, XP, and Crystal Clear. This presentation describes methods technical writers can use to address the challenges in planning and implementing quality documentation in an Agile environment.