Re: Car repair manuals: standards?

Subject: Re: Car repair manuals: standards?
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "Sandy Harris" <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 09:51:28 -0400

"Sandy Harris" <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote on 08/21/2006 10:36:33 PM:
> Are there gov't standards for docs on the vehicles they buy? What
> about military?

Well, if you're looking for standards, there's always S1000D (
<<This Specification has been produced to establish standards for the
documentation of any civil or military vehicle or equipment. It is based
on international standards such as SGML/XML and CGM for production and use
of electronic documentation.>>
XML to boot and Adobe was promoting an imminent release of a plug-in to
support a S1000D workflow similar (identical) to the promised and
demonstrated DITA plug-in.
Now, whether a military standard designed for standardisation, storage,
and distribution translates well to a general public audience is another
matter entirely.
The combination of documentation standards with illustration standards
gives me the heebie geebies (CGMs are a royal pain and massively
expensive) and the fatuous claim of "based on international standards"
riles me considering that SGML/XML compliance offers no guarantee of good
organisation or presentation. No more so than state of the art binding
guarantees good writing.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer


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