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FMXA: Drag n Drop Table Rows w. Auto Formatting
In either structured FrameMaker, or FrameMaker Structured Author (FMXA) you can easily drag n' drop entire table rows into the TABLE HEADER. This no only eliminates the risk of replacing valuable data, but once again, automatic formatting is achieved.
Steve Walker: Structured Authoring Talent Shortage
Steve Walker discusses how there is a talent shortage of content creators who are experienced in creating structured content. Walker maintains that recent software development trends have made it easier to new talent to "come up to speed" in creating structured content. He cites Adobe tools as a particularly good example of "starting you in structure" and maintaining structure as central through the entire publishing cycle.
Suzanne Mescan: Component Content Management
In this STC/Adobe interview, Suzanne Mescan of VASONT discusses how CCMS (Component Content Management Systems) were built today's needs with structured authoring . They build content at the topic level. You edit topics at the topic level, not the document level. This means that you only have to edit content once. Make sure that your CCMS integrates well with FrameMaker or your chosen structured authoring solution.
Mark Lews: Content as a Database
In this Adobe/STC interview, renowned thought leader, Mark Lewis, shares keen insights into other benefits of structure. "We need to move to a point where we think of content as a database." People are searching for things on the web and may or may not be finding what they are looking for. Think of entering a recipe, with steps, ingredients and attributes like diabetic or sugar free. When semantic information is entered during structured authoring, both the reader and writer benefit.
Bernard Aschwanden: Benefits of Structured Authoring
Documentation exists to support the application, not just to be read. Traditionally, we have written long procedures with a great deal of overlap, and often more information than the user is seeking. Topic-based authoring with topic, concept and task allows you to write very targeted information with a high degree of reuse. Updating projects is much easier to do with DITA. Topic-based authoring is much more focused, and easier to stay on target.
Migrating to Structured FrameMaker using Conversion Tables
Learn how to use conversion tables in FrameMaker for migrating unstructured FrameMaker and MS Word documents to fully structured files.