Re: Document Mapping

Subject: Re: Document Mapping
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 08:36:22 -0700 (PDT)

I use a program called Freemind. I find it's really
useful for building outlines of documents so you can
decide how to chunk information. It lets you do branch
diagrams (decision trees) that can be color coded,
notes attached to each nodes, etc. You can use
different sizes and colors of fonts to indicate
information types according to DITA rules, and various
other things.

Branches can be expanded or collapsed kind of like the
folder structure views in Windows Explorer. You can
also put in graphic links between items (topics) that
show logical relationships.

And, Freemind will generate output as a text file or
in HTML. So you can use it to set up a skeleton
structure for a web site, then generate the files that
go into the site structure, complete with hyperlinks.

--- "Hemstreet, Deborah" <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I have a question: are there any tools out there to
> help someone do a
> graphical representation of documentation?
>
> We have some incredibly complex procedures with many
> supporting
> documents. My supervisor would like (and I think
> it's a nice idea), a
> graphical representation of how all of these
> documents relate to each
> other, as well as to the company as a whole. (with
> references to the doc
> numbers). Color codes could indicate the types of
> documents (policy vs
> procedure vs work instructions)
>
> This way, someone can, at a glance, see what is
> involved via charting
> and color coding what documents are needed to do
> something.
>
> Any thoughts or ideas?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Deborah
>
>
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