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Subject:Re: Giving up on XML From:"Bob Doyle" <bobdoyle -at- skybuilders -dot- com> To:"Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> Date:Tue, 20 Mar 2007 13:32:00 -0400
That huge IBM "XML in a box" is now a very small subset of XML (and thus of
the structure possibilities) called DITA (Darwin Information Typing
The DITA Open Toolkit is a half-dozen free programs that can be assembled,
with some technical hassle, to publish your deliverables. http://dita-ot.sourceforge.net
The box you suggest that can be lifted by just one tech writer is being
built (it's in beta testing) at DITA Users (http://www.ditausers.org).
We have done all the complicated installations on a hosted web server. We
then integrated a WYSIWYG editor that hides the underlying XML from the
writer. So nothing for the TW to do except write some topics and then
assemble them with a ditamap (a sort of ToC) and build the output files.
We call it DITA from A to B (Authoring to Building).
On 3/20/07, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> wrote:
> **In the mid-1990s there was a very successful product called Internet
> in a Box. I can't remember how good the software was but the name and
> the idea of it were perfect. Before then different parts of the Internet
> such as e-mail, web browsing, ftp, gopher and telnet had to be set up
> and maintained separately by someone with knowledge, patience and fair
> bit of spare time.
> I guess Gene is describing 'XML Publishing in a Box'. IBM and other big
> companies already have one of these boxes, but the box is so big it took
> dozens of people to build it and it still takes several people to (as it
> were) lift it. What's needed is a box that can be lifted by one or two
> TWs with relative ease.
> The box might include many scripts and components from various sources,
> but this should be more or less invisible. To the author it sgould just
> look like an editor with some menu options to publish the output in
> various formats. We should be able to install the software, then within
> half an hour import or create a simple project and publish it to PDF,
> HTML Help, Eclipse, ASCII, or whatever.
> AuthorIT actually does most of this, except that it doesn't use XML to
> store the source files.
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