Hi Yves,

Thanks! sounds cool and you've provided great details. The creation process
sounds relatively easy. For sure, if I used DITA everything from this very
large doc set would need rewriting... It's likely time to do a serious
content cleaning so I'll do some projections on time and cost.

Does each xhtml file truly stand-alone? When topics with prescribed
relationships (rel table) change, do you have to recompile to maintain those

Thanks again. You've provided perspective and that's what I need!


-----Original Message-----
From: Yves Barbion [mailto:yves.barb...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 4:18 AM
To: mollye at clearpath.cc
Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: delivering XML on the web

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

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


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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



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