Re: Style and Procedure Schema?

Subject: Re: Style and Procedure Schema?
From: Brad Jensen <brad -at- elstore -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 10:07:32 -0600

> Hope I've done that. Again, this isn't an attempt to standardize the
> CONTENT of your style manual or procedures. It's to organize that
> content in a standard way which any writer can use, if you choose to
> share it with them.
> Tim Trese
> Documentation Specialist
> 321-779-7914

Well, it seems to me (hammer and nail) that the thing to do is
define the structure,
create an XML schema for it, then create a database repository
exposed as an html
inerface (web pages) that contains the content, with xml

The sticking point will be the content, that's what everyone
will think about no matter
how much you talk about structure.

The way I would define the xml structure is not as an
abstraction, but rather use a small example of a document, a
style manual, that is structured the way you want, or think your
want. Then edit it and add xml tags around it, so people can see
the example. Then run one of those programs that reads the XML
and makes the DTD from it. I know those exist as free web-hosted
services. I'm not sure if a schema-producer exists, but I'll bet
it does.

Rather than waving our electronic arms and shouting about
hardness and whiteness, start with an example, work backwards to
the abstraction.

Then we create a publ;ic repository of style manuals that people
can use as a source and starting ppoint for their work.

I can host it, I might be able to allocate some programming
resources for it.

Brad Jensen brad -at- elstore -dot- com
Electronic Storage Corporation Tulsa OK USA

LaserVault Report Retrieval & Data Mining - Add distance learning to
your site with easy course preparation

Check it out! Get some cool freebies when you buy RoboHelp! You'll receive
SnagIt screen capture software and a 10% discount voucher for RoboHelp
Consulting. This special offers expires March 29, 2002.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

RE: Style and Procedure Schema?: From: Trese, Timothy G.

Previous by Author: Re: Knowledge Management
Next by Author: Re: How are technical writers perceived?
Previous by Thread: RE: Style and Procedure Schema?
Next by Thread: RE: Style and Procedure Schema?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads