DITA, XDocs, and Online Collaboration with the Open Source Community
By Eric Armstrong on Aug 13, 2007
For the past year, I've been pursuing two parallel avenues of investigation, with the goal
of achieving a merger of the two:
- DITA-structured documents for authoring efficiency and reuse
- Online collaboration systems for such documents
Those tasks have taken up the majority of my time (in addition to my day job), so on the collaboration side of things, I've been keeping a watchful eye on technologies and thinking about how they can be used. Here are the solutions I've been contemplating, in their probable order of likelihood:
- XMetaL's online editing solution for DITA (XMAX), in conjunction with a CMS like XDocs
- The XDocs CMS system, in conjunction with a standard XML editor
- The NetBeans DocBook module, enhanced to encompass DITA, with an enhancement to NetBeans so it can access a CMS as a version-control repository like CVS or Subversion.
- An online editor like FCKeditor, which is said to be undergoing enhancement for structured docs, in conjunction with an online repository of some kind.
The next posts in this series describe the reasons and rationale behind the two halves of the equation.