Sunday Apr 13, 2008

Daisy: WYSIWYG Wiki for PDF Books

If you need the collaborative aspects of a Wiki combined with DITA's modular topics and publishing capabilities, then DAISY might just be the system you need--and it's free. DAISY provides WYSIWYG editing for Wiki pages that can be combined to publish books, either in a PDF or as a single HTML page.

 

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Sunday Nov 04, 2007

Wikis, Docs, and the Reuse Proposition

Wiki systems make it easy to edit documents online. That makes them terrific for document collaboration. But current Wiki formats don't allow the kind of reuse that the DITA document format was designed for. But it may be possible to implement some of DITA's best features using a clever combination of JavaScript, CSS, and an extensible Wiki. I suspect it can be done most easily using a Ruby-based Wiki like MediaCloth.[Read More]

Wednesday Aug 15, 2007

Using JRuby for DITA builds

There are serious advantages to using JRuby for DITA builds. I first wrote about the idea in Doing DITA Builds Better.
That post mentioned Rake's advantage for sophisticated dependency
detection, but didn't say much about how to achieve that goal. This one outlines a development progression. In the process, it hopefully
elucidates the kinds of benefits that can be achieved.

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Monday Aug 13, 2007

Online Document Collaboration

We could collaborate online to edit structured documentation formats
like DITA. How cool would that be? And what problems do we need to
solve to make it happen? 

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DITA, XDocs, and Online Collaboration with the Open Source Community

What I've been doing lately: The DITA format, the XDocs CMS, and online document collaboration systems.

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Thursday Jul 12, 2007

Using the ScribeFire Blogging Client

ScribeFire is a FireFox plugin that makes blogging easier. Here's some information on how it works and how to set it up for blogs.sun.com.[Read More]

Doing DITA Builds Better

Enabling incremental builds for DITA...

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