Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:39:22 -0700

I believe structured text is necessarily complex.

Lightweight DITA is lightweight because most of the structure has been
stripped out. I don't see that it has any significant advantage over
XHTML as used by Flare, Confluence, and MindTouch. If you're just
generating web site content, web help, and/or PDF, XHTML is fine. If
you're generating only web site content, Markdown and static site
generators are fine, but you're likely to outgrow it sooner than you
would more mature and full-featured authoring toolchains.

I see no real-world problems that would lead to adoption of Lightweight DITA.

On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 7:49 PM, <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com> wrote:
> We do seem to stand at a crossroads today with heavy-weight tools like Frame and DITA on one side and the lightweights on the other. But I think we need a third way: something that is both lightweight and structured. I'm working on a couple of projects in that direction, but I also admire the lightweight DITA effort for trying to tread the same path. ...
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Re: Book on Modern Technical Writing: From: Chris Despopoulos
RE: Book on Modern Technical Writing: From: mbaker

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