Implementing a single source management system painlessly

Subject: Implementing a single source management system painlessly
From: jason -dot- davis -at- pc-doctor -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2000 15:23:46

Hello Techwr-l people!

I just recently got a great job at a software company and this is my first
forray into the list as an official technical writer! Feel free to
unabashedly bash me if my newbie querry is old news. =)

I have a wonderful opportunity to help implement a single source
documentation management system for a company that BADLY needs it. We want
to use XML but unsure how to implement it with all the other things we have
to do. We have monthly documents to maintain as well as other projects that
are constantly sprouting up. Some of those projects might be developing
help files from information in the monthly documents (perfect example of
why we need XML).

What is the most painless way to implement XML as a tool for managing
documentation? My first guess is outsourcing but cost can be pretty
painfull. I also see us manually tagging up our documents ourselves but
that can cost us valuable time. Ultimately, my boss and I both urgently
want XML but we must convince upper management.

I am gracious for any enlightenment you can shed my way on this matter.


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