In early 2009, Scriptorium Publishing conducted a survey to measure how and why technical communicators are adopting structured authoring.
Originally published in STC Intercom, February 2010 I spend a lot of time giving presentations on XML, structured authoring, and related technologies. The most common negative reaction, varied only in the level of hostility, is “Why are you stifling my creativity?” Does XML really mean … Read More
STC Intercom, December 2009 The relatively low percentage of lone writers who have implemented XML is a logical result of the typical lone writer working environment. Given the current status of the authoring and publishing tools, any lone writer who implements XML will need to … Read More
The rise of Web 2.0 technology provides a platform for user-generated content. Publishing is no longer restricted to a few technical writers—any user can now contribute information. But the information coming from users tends to be highly specific, whereas technical documentation is comprehensive but less … Read More
In early 2009, Scriptorium Publishing conducted a survey to measure how and why technical communicators are adopting structured authoring. Of the 616 responses: 29 percent of respondents indicated that they had already implemented structured authoring. 16 percent indicated that they do not plan to implement … Read More
STC Intercom, April 2009 A common argument for XML-based workflows is that they automate production and localization tasks. With XML, localization can be reduced to a fraction of its original cost, but how exactly does that happen? Sarah explores automization in localization and two technology … Read More
STC Intercom, January 2009 As the many-to-many communication between blogs, forums, and the like grow in volume, official product information will become just one of the many sources available to readers. Product owners who isolate their official information from the conversation run the risk of … Read More