What would you do?

Subject: What would you do?
From: "Kevin McGowan" <thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 16:29:51 -0400

Hi everyone...

I'm in a bit of a bind, and I'd love to hear what y'all think I should do.

I started this tech writing job last week. The company has several
documents, all giant Word files. They want to move into an XML environment,
so we can 1) maintain XML modules of information, and create printable user
guides at will, 2) include some of these XML files as online help, clickable
from the UI.

Translation is also a concern...as they want to maintain multiple languages
(English, French, German, Dutch, etc...).

So, here I am...with a bunch of crappy and poorly-maintained Word files, and
I need to create a state-of-the-art XML system. They keep talking about
DITA...but I'm not convinced that the DITA format is the perfect way to go.
Frankly, I'm not sure about much at the moment.

Please share any advice/experience...


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