Single SOURCE Publishing

under single SOURCE Publishing one originally understood procedures to produce in order to provide from a source several output formats - thus for instance with Winword macros and paragraph formats from a Winword document both printout and on-line formats such as Winhelp and HTML.

This beginning worked with simple 1:1 - relations between paragraph formats and output formatting, thus about “Überschrift1… Überschrift3 means at the beginning of a new (HTML/Winhelp) side (Topic), Überschrift4 is at the beginning of a Pop UP ". With simple means one can provide a Überschrift1-Topic a table of contents with the following Überschrift2-Topics and make so a hierarchical call possible of the Topics. Thus e.g. worked. to approximately 2003 Doc ton Help.

Newer concepts, itself strongly on meta data and contentwise honor e.g. with XML - Methods support, permit meanwhile more complex processing algorithms. Here the “actual document” becomes ever more a collection of references to data modules, which are stored mostly in a data base. These data modules contained contentwise oriented honors, completely typically with XML tags. Therefore the author tool “knows” thus many more about contents and can also more efficient processing algorithms such as DATA cousin Publishing use. Extreme examples of such beginnings are J2008 and AECMA.

A substantial goal of such systems is repeated using of existing data modules. A topic, a warning reference, an often used guidance in the data base are kept only simple and merged if necessary into the expenditure instance.

Thus single SOURCE Publishing is regarded to a kind of play content management.

see also: CROSS Media Publishing


[1] Ann Rockley: Selecting the right single Sourcing Tool

[2] Component content management with AuthorIT

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