Wednesday at WritersUA: Structured Authoring: Taking the Plunge

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Tony Self gave an entertaining overview of structured authoring. He addressed tools, implementation, and other goodies.

Tony introduced a new acronym for XML development — WYSIOO. XML authoring
tools, to the extent that they provide formatting, provide WYSIOO —
What You See Is One Option.

“As a result,” Tony said, “WYSIOO is not WYG.”

It was nice to see another presenter discuss structured authoring and
mostly agree with what you’re hearing from us. In particular:

* Implementation is a lot of work.
* Change resistance is a big problem.
* Either DITA or DocBook could be appropriate for your content, but
either will probably need to be customized.

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Sarah O'Keefe


Content strategy consultant and founder of Scriptorium Publishing. Bilingual English-German, voracious reader, water sports, knitting, and college basketball (go Blue Devils!). Aversions to raw tomatoes, eggplant, and checked baggage.

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