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Single-Sourcing Blog

Arbortext and the Open Toolkit?

We get a lot of questions about whether you can use Arbortext with the Open Toolkit.  The answer is, "Yes, of course," but any further details are difficult unless you know what the questioner means by that: "Arbortext" is a portfolio of products that includes an editor, multiple publishing engines (for both typical and magazine-quality publishing), a content management system, a styling tool (so non-programmers can create stylesheets), a DTD/configuration tool, a dynamic link manager, and an illustration tool.

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In pursuit of the ultimate techCom information architecture

How do we identify user tasks?

A technical product needs documentation that helps the end user understand how the product is used to solve the needs, problems or requirements the user is facing. The documentation includes task information (as a DITA task topic) to instruct the user on how to do things.

But how does the technical communicator identify the user tasks? Let’s look at the traditional task analysis approach along with its challenges.

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In pursuit of the ultimate techCom information architecture

Using subject scheme feature in DITA 1.2 to manage topic resolution

DITA 1.2 includes the new subject scheme feature. I gave a presentation about the subject scheme feature on the 12th STC India conference in New Delhi 13th of November and how it can be used to manage and define the topic granularity. My experience is that many DITA users have problems in defining the size of a topic. How big is a topic? Is it two sentences or 10 pages?

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Joe Welinske

DITA Content at the 2011 Conference for Software User Assistance

DITA is an important interest area at the 2011 WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance taking place March 13-16 in Long Beach, CA. The conference program is now posted and features the following DITA-related sessions:

Automated Customized Documents with DITA 

A Style Guide for DITA Authoring

DITA Hands-on Computer Lab

What They Won't Tell You About DITA

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Immediate Contract for 6 months+ in NY City for (1) DITA XML information architect and (2) Technical project manager

Please contact me if you are interested for either of these 2 contract opportunities.

(1) DITA XML information architect


(2) Technical project manager


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