Key Concept Archive

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Liz Fraley on Single Sourcing on the 10-Minute Tech Comm Podcast

Summary: Liz Fraley of single-sourcing.com talks about how companies can successfully make the shift to single sourcing on the 10 Minute Tech Comm podcast When you’re first approaching single sourcing project and designing your information architecture, it can be daunting just to get started.In this podcast, I talk about what…

Stylesheet Reuse Basics: Property Sets

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 5 One of the most powerful mechanisms available to you as a stylesheet developer is the creation and use of property sets. Property sets help you abstract formatting needs into reusable components. Want consistent level 1 headers? Create a property set…

5 Tips for keeping your content flexible

Whether you’re translating or not, some practices can make it easier for you to future-proof your content. There are five basic tips that localization experts agree on: Tip #1: Use numbers for your call-outs and have a legend table. There are two benefits to this “old school” method. If you…

Everyone is talking content strategy, but what is it?

Content strategy differs from corporate communications strategy. Content strategy is far more than your web content or social media content or any of those things that come strictly out of the corporate marketing group. It is far more than “corporate communications.” Tactics are the actions you take to make your…

Common Questions: Workflow

This week’s topic: Workflow Here are some highlights of Workflow features supported in Windchill: Arbortext Content Manager supports standard workflows as well as sophisticated capabilities for routing change information to the correct process participants. Arbortext Content Manager provides tools to support the creation of processes that are unique or dictated…

Common Questions: Automation in Arbortext

This week’s topic: Out of the box automation in Arbortext We’re purposefully scoping this subject down for this post. We’re answering questions about what automation features come OOTB in Arbortext. If we didn’t limit this discussion, we could easily write 1000+ pages. Arbortext ships a mountain of documentation and sample…

Common Questions: Source Control

This week’s topic: Source Control Source Control is a big topic. To date, the best article I’ve ever read on branching strategy was a best practices article by Perforce (circa 2003). Today, we’re not talking about that, we’re talking about all the features source control supported in Arbortext Content Manager…

Common Questions: Change Markup

This week’s topic: Change Tracking & Change Markup Change markup has historically been something that you had to implement yourself in XML publishing. Arbortext supports typical change markup behavior in the standard document types, and with a small amount of configuration for custom doctypes. All of the standard change markup…