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Don't bother with the book "Single Sourcing: Building Modular
Documentation" by Kurt Ament. I own the book and consider it a waste of
paper. The title should be "Organization and Data Chunking". If you
company doesn't already use a style guide and you haven't ever developed
one, this may be a bottom rung resource to look towards. The book is an
outline of how to go about organizing and sorting your information to
prepare for moving to a single sourced documentation set. Not
recommended. Usefulness on a scale of 1-10 for most professional
technical writers is a 1, maybe 2. However, if you've had issues with
organization in the past in your documents, you may consider this book.
Any technical writing book that reviews organization of information
would be more recommended. If you are looking for that type of resource
"Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists" by Barry J.
Just my 2c.
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Welding Technology Corp.
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> I was looking for some books on XML and DITA so I
> searched Amazon and come up with
> * Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation by
> Kurt Ament
> * Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content
> Strategy by Ann Rockley.
> Although I've read online articles and some of the
> threads on the list, I'm not really sure where to
> start. Does anyone know of resources, either online or
> in print, that I could use to get started?
> My goal is to know the concepts that underly XML and
> DITA and the tools that now support them or will
> support them in the future.
> Many thanks,
> Anthony Hernandez
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