RE: XML/DocBook for newbies

Subject: RE: XML/DocBook for newbies
From: "Kay Ethier" <kethier -at- travelthepath -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:46:31 -0500


Hi:

Bill mentions that there is a FrameMaker EDD for DITA. The
FrameMaker-DITA Yahoo Group provides a DITA structured application for
download ... all you have to do is join the group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/framemaker-dita .

A group of us developed the structured application and distribute it at
no charge. You can see the list of framers involved in its creation,
along with the group archives, at the group site. We had some very
active folks involved early on, had some support provided by vendors
like IBM/Adobe/Idiom, and have had some good discussions on DITA
functionality and FrameMaker features. If you are interested, join the
group and check out what we've done so far -- and join the discussions
to help make the applications more useful and templates more usable.

Thank you,

Kay




-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Trippe

Hi Mark

On Thursday, January 20, 2005 12:51 PM Mark Lewin wrote

I would also suggest you look at DITA, the Darwin Information Typing
Architecture.

A couple of good starting points:

http://xml.coverpages.org/dita.html
http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-dita1/

You could also look at a high-level white paper I wrote on this (free,
no registration required):

http://www.gilbane.com/whitepapers.pl?view=13

A number of the XML vendors have announced DITA support, including
ArborText and XMetal, and it appears that some folks have put together a
FrameMaker EDD as well.

One brief technical point: you are right that you need to choose some
sort of style sheet mechanism to go from any XML to, say, print or HTML.
It does not have to be CSS though. People are using XSLT and XSL-FO
stylesheets, as well as proprietary print engines. Some of the XML
editors, like ArborText, have their own technology for going to print
and other output formats.

Hope this helps!

Bill



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