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The Importance of Using Styles in FrameMaker

March 10, 2017 Comments

When you need to produce a document, any word processor you choose will likely have the option of working with styles. The style you select will define how paragraphs, fonts, tables, images, page layouts, page breaks, etc. are displayed....

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Structured Writing Part 6: Publishing XML Content

March 09, 2017 Comments

Once you’ve created some XML content using DITA, you’re ready to publish the content to one or more outputs. The building blocks for publishing are the XML files, a DITA map and a style sheet. XML authoring programs offer a range of publishing options. Let’s look at how this works....

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Structured Writing Part 5: Applying DITA Elements

March 03, 2017 Comments

Let’s say you’ve done a content audit to determine where you should reuse content, you’ve selected your tools and now you’re ready to develop content in XML using DITA. I’ll put the pieces of the last few blog posts together and share what it looks like when you apply DITA elements to content. I’ll ...

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Structured Writing Part 4: Creating Content for Reuse Using DITA

February 15, 2017 Comments

In my previous blog post on structured writing, I talked about the tools that are required for authoring content in XML. In the next few blog posts, I’ll drill down into more detail about what structured writing looks like from a writer’s perspective using the DITA standard. Let’s start by looking a...

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Structured Writing Part 3: Tools

February 09, 2017 Comments

Structured writing is not necessarily dependent on a tool, other than a writing program, if you have a simple scenario like creating a letter in Microsoft Word. However, structured writing is often used in more complex scenarios, such as if you have hundreds of topics authored in an XML-based editor...

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Structured Writing Part 2: Where to Apply It and Why It Matters

January 23, 2017 Comments

In part one of my series on structured writing, I explained the concept of structured writing at a high level. Structured writing is an approach to writing that focuses on the structure of content. By applying rules to the content, you impose structure to increase consistency....

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