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It would be quite easy to adapt the documentation management system I
use into a full-fledged document-on-demand system. Each publication I
generate from the system reads a configuration file that defines which
chapter, sections, paragraphs and images that should be included in that
publication. This configuration file is a simple XML file that I write
for each configuration but there's no reason why this XML file could not
be generated from a customer form on a web page. A feature could be
added that would e-mail the document to the client after the formatting.
Let me know if this is of interest and I'll send you contact details to
the vendor off-list.
Technical Documentation Manager
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> Subject: Documents on demand?
> Is anyone here providing customized documentation to their
> users? I am interested in finding out if I can produce
> customized documentation, preferably with an out-of-the-box
> product. I imagine something like a wizard where they would
> select their configuration, which of our products or services
> they are using, and we would then give them only the
> documentation or online help they need. I'm having a hard
> time doing a search for this. I noticed that Adobe is selling
> a number of documentation services, but I can't tell if any
> of those would do what I'm looking for.
> I find that we tend to produce way too much documentation,
> and customers are having a hard time wading through
> everything to figure out what they need. It would be great to
> give them exactly what we think they need, while still
> providing the full set if they want to look for more. I am
> sure I'm not the only person who wants to do this. Ideas?
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