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Liz Asks

The official column by Liz Fraley, CEO of Single-Sourcing Solutions. After three books, hundreds of articles, a dozen successful community projects, she is known for her dedication to the communities she serves.

Topics for discussion may include: Technical communication, DITA, Docbook, S1000D; observations, questions, debates, technology, skill development, entrepreneurism, or any number of other things…

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Top Books for Children and New Parents

My niece is having a baby and as I realized that I have a list of carefully curated books that I give to new parents. The last couple of years I’ve written about my reading lists, and I write a lot about requirements. When I looked at my curated list…

Top Authors and Books from My 2017 Reading Challenge

After all the books I read in 2016, I’d planned on reading more non-fiction in 2017. As it turned out, we had a busy year here at Single-Sourcing Solutions and escapist reading was the order of the day. 2017 was the year of binge-reading and my grand total read was…

Is Arbortext DITA Pure DITA? YES!

Is Arbortext pure DITA?  Yes. Arbortext is pure DITA, pure XML. We are always surprised when we get this question because: Arbortext was the software IBM was using when they developed DITA. What does it mean to be “pure DITA”? DITA is an architecture and a method for writing, not a…

What training do I need to use Arbortext well?

Dear Liz I am starting to work with the PTC Arbortext Editor using SGML. I need to know if I can get training on the editor? What would it take to get the training to use it well? Would I need to buy the software? Please help! Wondering in Wichita…

Do you want to be a TC Dojo Master?

If you thought we didn’t pay attention to the survey results, but we have Eliot Kimber in March because someone in the TC Dojo asked for him. They asked for him to talk about keys. After 6 years, 82 sessions, and more than 1770 votes, we’ve opened up a call for TC…

Vote for TC Dojo 2018 sessions topics

I’m about to start booking the speakers for TC Dojo sessions in 2018. I have two sessions lined up, but I still have 10 to fill. January will be fun. Rather than the same old boring end-of-year trends session, we’re going to get tips on how to keep up! Personally, I’ve never been a…