Re: Giving up on XML

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

Hi Stuart,

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.

The box you suggest that can be lifted by just one tech writer is being
built (it's in beta testing) at DITA Users (

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).

Please take a look at it. Membership is free during our beta period.



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.
> Stuart

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