DocTrain: XML in the Wilderness

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Joe GollnerVice PresidentStilo International Likes to present “gory details on big projects gone wrong.” I like him already. The wilderness archetype is present in many different cultures. Going into the wilderness forces a person to change. Next slide…the Patron Saint of Content Management! St. Jerome … Read More

WritersUA: Day 3, Morning

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Dave Gash ( leads off the festivities with a discussion of the UA Holy Grail. And no, it’s not DITA. He is discussing True Separation of Content, Structure, Format, and Behavior. Interesting, because we normally hear about separation of content and presentation — he’s making … Read More

XFL: He Hate Me Not

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(For those of you with a life, the title is a reference to this.) According to Colin Moock, the next version of Flash will have an XML-based format. He writes: Flash CS4 will be able to export *and* import a new source format called XFL. … Read More


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It’s been a busy couple of months and my blogging has suffered accordingly. However, I do have a new article available in STC’s magazine, Intercom. I will be writing a regular column entitled “The XML Strategist.” The first installment is “When is XML the Wrong … Read More

Reactions to the TechComm Suite

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Bloggers are starting to comment on the TC Suite. Here are a few I spotted this morning: Bill Swallow (“TechCommDood”) writes on waxing techcomm: I’ll admit, I’m both impressed at the package (the monetary deal for the payload of technology is quite appealing) and at … Read More

When you have a hammer…

Sarah O'Keefe / Opinion1 Comment

…everything looks like a nail. We all suffer from this syndrome to a certain extent. Once you develop familiarity with a particular tool or technology, you see possibilities everywhere. Sean McGrath refers to this as the Just Use X Club. He is none too happy … Read More

Understanding change resistance

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Implementing new technology presents numerous challenges — choosing new software, training staff on new technology and processes, setting up new workflows, and so on. For technical writers, the transition from traditional desktop publishing to XML-based workflows requires a significant shift in mindset. Instead of focusing … Read More