Revision management

Where Source Development Meets Documentation.

In traditional publishing environments, source control is minimal if it exists at all, and often follows the lock-modify-unlock model that prevents simultaneous, collaborative, content authoring.

Single-sourcing environments require source control content management to manage the reusable content stored in topology-specific libraries (including images).

* Independent Change Tracking
* Historical Change-Tracking Reporting
* Simultaneous, Collaborative Document Authoring
* Partial-Regeneration for Fully Updated Output
* Multiple Documents Created from One Source
* Reduced Translation Costs

Source Control and Content Management. The best content management system is the one that matches your business requirements and your information model. Choosing a content management system can be easy or hard, expensive or cheap. If your analysis is sound, and your information model well developed, you can always avoid both expensive and hard.

Multiple-Document Profiling. XML technology and metadata provide a way to create multiple virtual documents from one original source document.

Reduced Translation and Localization Costs. XML is ideal for reducing translation and localization costs. Because information authored in XML is in a structured, non-proprietary format, translators can get document fragments that show only the changes between one revision of a document and another. Translators only translate the changed parts.

Integration with Product Development. In some cases, the document creation and publishing process can be integrated directly into the source development system. In other cases, the source development system may be an output target of the publishing process. With proper planning, the single-sourcing system can be integrated directly into the source development system.

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Author: Liz Fraley

Liz Fraley has founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries.