Re: moving into xml-based writing

Subject: Re: moving into xml-based writing
From: Gary Schnabl <gSchnabl -at- LivernoisYards -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:24:18 -0400

Becky Edmondson wrote:
> Anyone have any experience or useful thoughts about how to add XML skills to
> your portfolio when you are a contractor? Being of a geeky mindset, I'm
> pretty sure I'd enjoy XML, but I haven't a clue where to start. What should
> you learn, and in what order? How geeky do you need to be--must you be able
> to write XSL transforms, for instance? Do you need to take formal classes,
> or can you learn enough by just hacking up some XML-based docs on your own?
> I dunno, maybe this won't really bring in any real money. About 75% of my
> clients still want deliverables as Word docs. I hate Word, but being able to
> wrangle it is practically a lifetime employment guarantee.
> --Becky
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
FrameMaker has some fairly decent documentation regarding XML, although
the older FrameMaker versions use the older DTD-based DocBook prior to
DocBook 5. Still, I adapted DocBook 5's DTD and produced an EED
(formatting) file for my older FrameMaker 7.

It isn't hard to transform some paragraph and character-styled DOC files
using conversion tables to XML-structured FrameMaker or to create your
own structured FrameMaker templates. Just dig in and do it...


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