Key Concept Archive

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Creating a Documentation Plan

“Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” Creating a good documentation plan will help you identify what you’re going to do and can be a valuable political document if the project shifts from under you. Docplans are even more important in a world where you have distributed teams and fragmented documents…

Collaborative Writing in Distributed Teams

This session had a lot of votes, so we found John Hedtke, Master of Remote Collaboration, and found a time when he can come talk John’s last book was written with a co-author on the other side of the country that he’s seen exactly twice, but he’s always worked with…

How do authors find content for reuse?

Your customers can find content, but can your content creation team? DITA content explodes. How do you manage it? A lot of customers have been asking us recently about how they’re going to manage content that explodes into lots and lots of little topics and content fragments. Authors wonder if…

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…

Technology, People, and Successful Projects

I was reminded recently of Rebekka Anderson’s presentation at DITA North America a couple of years ago. Her conclusions mirrored what we see every day: Technology is only 1/3 of the things that you need to consider when looking to solve and implement something like dynamic publishing or DITA successfully….

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…

What is the DITA Resource Manager?

by Karie Arbortext Editor has direct, built-in access to Arbortext Content Manager (Windchill) through the Object Browser and the Resource Manager. The Resource Manager makes reusing content objects more efficient for DITA writers. The Resource Manager is a dockable window that acts as a central location for finding data to be…

How do I reuse content stored in Windchill?

by Karie One of the many advantages of storing content in XML is the ability to reuse it. The best way to ensure proper reuse is to store XML content in a component content management system like Arbortext Content Manager (aka Windchill).Arbortext Content Manager is completely integrated with Arbortext Editor…