Re: Eric Sedor has a piece on tech writing for the cloud

Subject: Re: Eric Sedor has a piece on tech writing for the cloud
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:29:41 -0700

Hi Chris,


On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 3:52 AM, Chris Despopoulos <
despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

>
> Craig said:
> http://www.shoap.com/technical-writing-for-the-cloud/
> Is anyone here already working in the cloud?
>
> ...
>


> So laugh if you like, but "...slinging portable, concise fragments of
> instruction into rich, scalable
> user interfaces (while also mapping them to sequential help articles,
> blogs, and examples) " is what it takes to support this environment.
> Because that's what this environment does with the concept of a "product".
>
>
Well, with the advent of social coding, remote teams spend a lot of time
with their heads in the clouds:
- Video meetings: Skype/Google Hangouts/Adobe Connect/WebEx/GotoMeeting...
- Task managers: Asana, Trello, Leankit...
- Documents: Google, OfficeLive, Zoho...
- Source code managers: GitHub, Bitbucket, Sourceforge...

I'd be into finding more players in the field.


> This is precisely why I'm developing an open source framework that I call
> 4D Pubs (Distributed Dynamic Document Display). Distributed documentation
> is the key... A single, centralized doc server won't scale in this
> environment (or that's what I assert). Documentation stays with the
> service node, where it belongs.
>
> I support a product that is in this environment, and enables this
> environment (see http://www.vmturbo.com/). I had better be ready for the
> product to succeed, and for this environment to take hold. I deliver our
> docs in an embryonic version of 4D Pubs. The system loads raw DITA from
> the server, and converts it to HTML in the browser, on the fly. And I can
> do cool things:
>
> * Simple, agile doc delivery
> * Skinning the "look"
> * Dynamic filtering per user role or other criteria
> * Modification of transforms on the fly
> * Get and use state information from the server
> * Execute server actions from the docs
>
> When we add more products to the offering, we'll also offer a client that
> merges these multiple "products" in a single GUI. I'll then be able to
> merge the docs from these multiple "products" into a single delivery...
> Real time and on the fly.
>


I'd be interested in finding out more about your tool set. I'm guessing
that you're also working with DITA?

Thanks,
-Tony
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