CIDM study: user generated technical content

At FontoXML we have got more than a decade of experience in digital publishing and online media. Between our people, probably more than a century. In the past decade we’ve seen the publishing landscape shift from print to online. And with this shift we’ve seen user-generated content taking over. User-generated content “User-generated content is used …

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“As a user I know all my changes are kept safe” (3/27)

“As a user I know all my changes are kept safe” is the third of 27 requirements that we’ve studied as part of our benchmark on XML editors. Reliable authoring tools Knowing for sure that hard work will not be lost is an important factor in how an author trusts his/her tools. Losing work due …

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Intuitive web-based XML editor for subject matter experts

At FontoXML we’re a big fan of the bestseller ‘Don’t make me think’ by Steve Krug. A book about human-computer interaction and web usability. The book’s premise is that a good software program or web site should let users accomplish their intended tasks as easily and directly as possible. A must-read for web- and software-designers …

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“As a user I can add comments to a document.” (2/27)

“As a user I can add comments to a document” is the second of 27 requirements that we’ve studied as part of our benchmark on XML editors. Vital part of authoring We think this is an important requirement because it is a vital part of authoring and teamwork with colleagues. Adding comments for yourself allows …

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“As a user I can open a project folder as if it were a document.” (1/27)

“As a user I can open a project folder as if it were a document” is the first of 27 requirements that we’ve studied as part of our benchmark on XML editors. Structured writing without XML knowledge We think this requirement is important because it aligns with the conceptual model most users have of a …

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Benchmark study on XML editors

In our quest to make FontoXML the most user-friendly web-based XML editor available, we are conducting a benchmark study on (XML) editors*. Our study includes XML editors, DITA editors as well as more conventional editors such as Word and Google Docs. The latter two are included because they set the standard of what typical non-technical …

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Closing the Loop: Bringing more “web” into authoring

Jan Benedictus and Wim Hooghwinkel (iDTP) will talk about ‘bringing more web into authoring’ at Content Management Strategies / DITA North America 2014 in Seattle, April 28–30. Presentation abstract Web-based working (including mobile) is increasingly gaining ground, with web apps and cloud services such as Office 365 and Google Drive leading the way. Also authoring …

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