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Michael Priestley

Lightweight DITA

The lightweight DITA proposal for DITA 1.3 is starting to come together. The proposal responds to requirements from the community for a lightweight version of DITA to ease adoption by groups who don't need all the features of full DITA.

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eNG1Ne

an opportunity in sight

New client, new challenges … including a rapidly-evolving software product. Different clients are using different versions, bug-fixes and incremental changes affect one or two pages out of a couple of hundred – "Niels!" the developers cry: "what can we do?"

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In pursuit of the ultimate techCom information architecture

What does it mean to predict user questions following a reversed taxonomical approach?

Are you a technical communicator? Do you call yourself an information architect or an information designer? Are you responsible for the design of your company's product manuals? Are you specifying what type of information these manuals contain and how that information is structured? Are you in a process of re-thinking what type of information to include in a manual and how to organize the same information to achieve high findability? Are you uncertain about how to do it? If so, this is the blog for you.

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In pursuit of the ultimate techCom information architecture

Do users have to search at all in future?

One of the main reasons behind users not using the manual, when experiencing problems in product use, is because the manual is perceived to require too much effort to use. A user that encounters a problem and starts to seek for help, has a certain level of motivation. Thus the user is willing to invest a certain amount of energy in finding the answer(s). If the perceived effort of using the manual is higher than what the user is willing to invest, the manual is not used.

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In pursuit of the ultimate techCom information architecture

How do a technical communicator know the EPPO pages to write?

Jonatans blog has moved. You'll find it here: http://www.excosoft.se/index.php/about-us/blog/itemlist/user/46-jonatanl...

The latest post is about important aspects to consider as technical communicator when entering the new communication paradigm. You will write standalone answers to user questions. And provide filters to allow a user find answers. DITA maps used to organize topics in a static hierarchy for end user deliverables are not an option in the new communication paradigm. Such DITA maps belong to the old Gutenberg paradigm. Are you ready for the move?

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