Re: Hyper/Multi media

Subject: Re: Hyper/Multi media
From: Alan Yelvington <alany -at- TEKIG5 -dot- PEN -dot- TEK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 1994 16:09:13 PST

Doug writes:

From: Doug Montalbano <D=Montalbano%GMP%Chiron -at- LARRY -dot- CHIRON -dot- COM>
Subject: Re: Hyper/Multi media
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Simon North writes about "document technology support" and mentions
"text object databases and publish-on-demand systems".

Forgive my naivete, but what are those? (I work in a biotech firm; and
while I'm sure I could work out the definitions, I would rather know
what the standard defs are.)

My reply:

Our "text object database" is called RDM. Relational Document Manager.

Or something like that. Anyway, ALL of our documents go into a massive
optical storage system. If I ever need boilerplate material, I find
similar material in a related manual and retreive it from storage. Also,
legal text is stored and retreived for manuals so that there is continuity.

Publish on demand:

We use a "demand-print" method that eliminates paper masters.
After the document is complete, PostScript files of the document
are sent to Xerox Business Systems. They electronically manipulate
the files for signatures and the like and print directly from them
onto a Docutech. This is the mother of all Xeroxs, and can print
pages per second. Since we do not have a minimum run like offset,
there is no waste or warehousing costs. Bottom line, it's cheaper.

Alan Yelvington
Tech Writer II
Tektronix, Inc

My opinion only, and idle chatter between friends...

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