More than 900 people have signed up for our free DITA courses on LearningDITA.com—thank you! You’ve had a basic introduction to DITA and learned how to write concept, task, reference, and glossary topics. Now you can learn how to collect those topics and establish relationships … Read More
The mantra of XML is that you separate content from formatting. Authors do content; formatting happens later. During a panel discussion at last week’s (excellent) UA Europe conference, I realized that this is only half the story.
The elimination of the distribution monopoly for content is upending the publishing industry and technical communication specifically.
The slides from my tekom/tcworld session on the economics of information are below.
Based on a quick Google search, things don’t look too hot for publishing.
What’s dying, though, is not publishing itself but the current model of distributing books. Unfortunately for traditional publishers, this also destroys their current business model, which was based on their effective monopoly on distribution channels.
by Sheila Loring Communications from DMN provided a link to a webcast on Essential Tools of an XML Workflow. The webcast focuses on the book publishing industry. It’s interesting to hear that some publishing houses still allow authors and editors to use Microsoft Word. These … Read More