Structured Authoring for Beginners

Are you new to structured authoring and topic-based writing? Are you more comfortable with unstructured desktop publishing applications and apprehensive about moving to XML or some other structured authoring environment?

This workshop is for you if you want to know the how, why, and what it is about structured authoring that has other companies pursuing something like DITA, even if, right now, you don’t have to do it yourself.

Get the basics of structured authoring and topic based writing in this gentle, but experiential workshop. Continue reading “Structured Authoring for Beginners”

Part 3 Tools – Information Architecture Bottom-up

Tools play an important role in how we write and organize content. Every tool encapsulates certain ideas about content organization and information architecture. This may not have been obvious when we were producing books because the design and architecture of books was so standardized and conventional that every tools essentially had the same model. Now, however, we have a variety of tools that encapsulate significantly different approaches to content organization and information architecture. If you want to create an information architecture that is different from the one your tools was designed for, you may need to put significant conscious effort into how to achieve that new architecture with your existing tool – or else change to a tool better suited to the architecture you want to create. Continue reading “Part 3 Tools – Information Architecture Bottom-up”