From: David Priest (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Aug 24 2004 - 15:51:37 PDT
I operate as WritersBlock Technical Communication. For my current primary
client, we have migrated from proprietary long-document authoring software
(Corel Ventura) to a unique and powerful workflow that permits multiple
authors, version control, publishing on demand, and has eliminated all
proprietary software requirements.
This workflow is based on ReStructured Text, a human-readable markup
convention that is transformed into XML through the use of Docutils, an
open-source project. The XML is then transformed using XSL:FO to produce
ready input for XEP. The XSL:FO transformation handles everything from
standardized title-page layout through chapter content runs, sidebars, and
indexing. We then have XEP perform an automated build each evening,
generating publication-quality PDFs for our use the next morning.
We are now able to encourage our engineers and technicians to directly
contribute to the documentation via text source check-in via CVS, our
editor (myself) to monitor and finesse these contributions, and to provide
our customers with up-to-date manuals specific to the particular
software/hardware combination they possess. It has been a significant
improvement in both workflow and costs.
We chose XEP for its professional layout capabilities, including
widow/orphan control, hyphenation, solid rendering engine, and superlative
PDF output. If you wish to endure more evangelism on my part, please feel
free to contact me: priest at sfu dot ca.
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