Structured Authoring—a Two-Day DITA/XML Intensive (Oct. 14-15)
Wake up! By implementing structured authoring with DITA (the Darwin Information Typing Architecture), technical communicators can dramatically reduce their companies' costs and improve their own marketability. Developed at IBM and now a cross-industry OASIS standard for XML content, DITA is no longer just for the likes of Sun, Cisco, and HP — you can use it too, and you should.
Christopher Palmer, of the Center for Technical Understanding, is uniquely qualified to teach you how to convert your everyday, unstructured FrameMaker documents into structured, DITA-compliant XML content. Chris is an Adobe Certified Expert who consulted to the internal Adobe team that developed the company's new DITA-based FrameMaker/XML content-development system, then trained their Seattle-based writing and production staff. He now works with leading Silicon Valley companies to set up their own XML/DITA-based authoring systems. His insights into the most efficient ways to migrate to (and from) standard XML metadata (suitable for management by any database) will make you productive quickly.
During this two-day intensive, held in downtown San Francisco, you will have your own system and will work from real-world examples to:
- automate migration of "flat" unstructured FrameMaker content to structured XML/DITA content,
- write to the "personality" of each DITA/XML topic type,
- modify an existing FrameMaker EDD,
- modify the DITA DTD by creating ("specializing") a new element to meet the needs of your industry,
- create XSLT (content templates) to extract and transform your XML output, both for presentation and for content.
You'll come away with new skills you can use, examples of your work to use as models, and a deeper understanding of structured FrameMaker, XML, and DITA.
To reserve your place in this exceptional two-day DITA/XML Intensive, the cost is $695 payable to The Center for Technical Understanding, Inc. by credit card. To reserve a place in the class, call 925-837-4022 to place your credit-card order (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).