Hi Mollye, I'm currently also working on a fun project: authoring structured content for a corporate website.
I'm using the DITA information model and I'm writing DITA topics in FrameMaker with the DITA-FMx plug-in. This is how I do it: 1. We do a brainstorm and make a list of the topics which we want to have on the site. 2. We open this list in FrameMaker and save it as a regular, unstructured FrameMaker file. This list is resembles the traditional outline: the indents define the level of the topics and headings. 3. We use DITA-FMx to create a ditamap and "stubs" from this list. The "stubs" are topics which already have the correct title and some metadata. 4. Write standalone, information-typed topics, which means filling in the stubs. 5. We (re)arrange the topics in the ditamap, which will later become the sitemap. 6. In the ditamap, use a "relationship table" to add links to my topics (navigation). I use the DITA Open Toolkit to generate the following output: * xhtml. These are the files which I deliver to my web developer. * HTMLHelp, which I then convert to WebHelp. This gives me a pretty good idea of how my "pages" look in a web browser and how the navigation and linking works. Lessons learned? * Authoring, and (re)structuring web content has never been easier. Just take the ditamap and drag the topics around in the structure to the position where you want to have them. * The DITA-FMx plug-in is really the must-have tool if you want to author DITA content in FrameMaker. More information about DITA and DITA-FMx? * http://leximation.com/dita-fmx/ * http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=dita * http://dita.xml.org/ * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DITA Kind regards Yves Barbion Documentation Architect Adobe-Certified FrameMaker Instructor ____________________________________ Scripto bvba Asselsstraat 65 9031 Gent Belgium T: +32 494 12 01 89 F: +32 9 366 50 23 BTW (VAT) BE 0886.192.394 skype: yves.barbion ____________________________________ Mollye Barrett wrote: > Dear Framers, > > I'm working on a fun project (for an equipment manufacturer) using Frame > to author structured files that may (for a time) be published to PDF as > well as to XML. The XML files will be checked into a CMS and delivered to > the web for dynamic publication based on metadata and/or search. > > Is anyone doing the same or something similar? I'm interested your > production path details, information model, lessons learned and, very > soon, navigation in the delivery environment. > > I look forward to and appreciate any replies. > > Mollye Barrett > ClearPath, LLC > 414-331-1378 > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as yves.barbion at gmail.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/yves.barbion%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > >