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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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Document Translation
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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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Document Translation
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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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Structured Writing Part 1: What is Structured Writing?

January 13, 2017 Comments

Structured writing is an approach to creating content that fits into a larger content strategy. It has many different components and can be applied in many different ways, offering numerous benefits and challenges as well. Since this is a wide-ranging topic, I’m going to share my thoughts on structu...

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Document Translation
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structured content
How to Create a Footnote with InDesign CC 2017

January 11, 2017 1 Comments

In this blog I will share a small, but great improvement Adobe introduced in InDesign CC 2017 for creating footnotes. When InDesign introduced footnotes, the process was to insert them into multi-column text frames and they were always placed in the same column where the footnote reference appeared....

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Document Translation
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Word vs. Publisher: Which is better for DTP?

December 08, 2016 Comments

Microsoft's Word and Publisher tools are applications, which are sometimes used for similar tasks, including typing and editing text and placing, cropping, resizing and rotating images. Does this mean we have two MS Office tools serving the same purpose? No it doesn't, Word and Publisher were design...

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Document Translation
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DTP, multilingual documents, desktop publishing, microsoft word, microsoft publisher, desktop publishing tools

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