Interview with Kevin Dietz, Timpani Software, docbook for small teams

This week’s podcast features Kevin Dietz from Timpani Software. Timpani Software develops BuildBeat, a comprehensive automated software build management system, and MergeMagician, an automated merging server designed to work with your existing software configuration management (SCM) system.

It’s my pleasure to present Kevin Dietz so he can share his experience with dynamic publishing systems and the reasons for moving away from traditional publishing tools. Figuring out how to move from proprietary authoring tools to DocBook not only freed his content, but inspired a new product line for Timpani Software.

Enjoy!

To DITA or Not To DITA [On-line Event]

To DITA or Not To DITA. DITA isn’t the right answer for every situation. In this session we’ll discuss the differences between the two doctypes to give you a foundation to decide between them.

In the TC Dojo Open on 13 January 2014…

To DITA or Not To DITA. DITA isn’t the right answer for every situation. In this session we’ll discuss the differences between the two doctypes to give you a foundation to decide between them. Lots of us thought this topic was decided, but it’s not. There’s always someone starting the trek and there’s always someone looking for advice on which road to take. Hopefully this session will help you decide between DITA and NOT DITA.

Watch the video and view the slides

Part 3: Top 10 resources for XML authoring and publishing projects

This is part three of a four-part series.

These resources are good for folks who are getting started on XML or SGML authoring and publishing projects or who are in the middle of one.

  1. singlesourcing-mgmt Singlesourcing-mgmt is a moderated mailing list for those interested in the management of single sourcing and related topics Single-Sourcing (retired by STC in 2012)
  2. xml-doc xml-doc is a mailing list where writers, developers, product and service vendors, and others discuss the application of XML, SGML, and related technologies to structured authoring, particularly authoring of documentation for computer software and hardware.
  3. comp.text.xml The Extensible Markup Language (XML).
  4. comp.text.sgml ISO 8879 SGML, structured documents, markup languages
  5. dita-users This group supports users of DITA.
  6. Docbook.org This is the official home page for all things Docbook.
  7. svg-developers This is a mailing list for anyone who is interested in developing SVG content, or in helping others solve development problems in either the SVG format or in scripting. Discussions tend to be very technical.
  8. XSL Mailing List The open forum for the discussion of XSL — Extensible Stylesheet Language.
  9. XSL-FO XSL Formatting Objects discussion group. All questions are welcome. As the group grows hopefully we can share our experience and growing knowledge.
  10. svdig Although this is the mailing list for the local Silicon Valley DITA Interest Group (SVDIG), lots of good information shows up here as well.
  11. BONUS: FOSI Tutorials People were always looking for FOSI information and it’s been nearly impossible to find useful stuff until this became available.

Read the complete series:

  1. Part 1: Resources for Single-Sourcing Projects
  2. Part 2: Top 6 book choices
  3. Part 3: Top 12 online topic-specific resources
  4. Part 4: Top 4 resources for Arbortext users.