RE: Two questions for single-sourcing practitioners

Subject: RE: Two questions for single-sourcing practitioners
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 16:02:37 -0500

"David Knopf" <david -at- knopf -dot- com> wrote:

>This, I think, is the only part of your inquiry that touches on "single
>sourcing" as opposed to content or knowledge management.

Okay, then let's prune this subthread to just the one question.

I don't know
>AIT well, but this kind of differential output is no problem using
>traditional single sourcing tools like FrameMaker/WebWorks or MIF2GO and
>the higher-end solutions. Each character, actually, can produce
>different output in different media.

So you're saying install a publishing system (FrameMaker/Webworks), manage all content there, then export it in multiple formats that can then be imported into MS Office apps, PageMaker, an MS SQL Server database (for further reuse in ASP pages), and on and on.

Can I define all those different output media and the details of how I want characters processed, or do I have to rely on the limited number of filters that already exist?

It seems odd to use one publishing system (that we do not use for documentation) to manage content for a gaggle of other publishing systems. Is this the most efficient approach, or is there something that can be done directly in a database application?



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