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October 2004 event

Single Sourcing by Design: A Gradual Approach

Event Summary

Tuesday, 12 October 2004
6:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00-6:30 p.m. – Registration
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Networking and Dinner
7:30-9:00 p.m. – Presentation
Directions are provided below.
ICF Consulting
1725 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington DC  20006
Phone: 202-862-1200
Next to the Farragut West Metro stop (International Square entrance) and 3 blocks from the Farragut North Metro stop.
Fees are listed below.
Registration is required by 5:00 p.m. Friday, 8 October 2004. To register, complete the online reservation form.

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About the Event

Most technical writers do single sourcing at some level; some do quite a lot of it. But most do it with tools that are not designed to facilitate reuse of content.

The most common approach involves creating content for one purpose, then copying or transforming it to a new purpose or format. High-end tools may make it easier to manage content at a document level, but most do not enable writers to manage small units of content and publish easily to multiple output.

The AuthorIT application was designed with one purpose: to encourage reuse of content across multiple documents and formats. Creating single source content challenges us to work in a new way; but using an application that is designed for that purpose makes the transition easier.

This presentation will explore strategies for moving to a single source model gradually. We will survey types of content that occur in technical writing projects, identify types of content that are easy candidates for reuse, and show how an application like AuthorIT can be used to implement reuse in a way that technical writers can appreciate. We will then show how additional reuse and repurposing can be added over time, gradually moving towards a full scale model of reuse.

About the Speaker

photo of John Hawkins John Hawkins is a Senior Technical Writer and Project Manager for Systems Documentation, Inc. (SDI). John has extensive experience with creating single source documentation for SDI clients. He is also SDI's primary SGML and XML consultant, and has led or participated in major SGML/XML projects for IBM, Lucent, The Open Group, and other SDI customers.

Since SDI became a reseller for AuthorIT, a content authoring, management and publishing application for single sourcing, John has become SDI's lead in introducing AuthorIT to the authoring and content management community.

John is a Senior Member of the STC and a member of the STC New York Metro chapter.

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Quiznos Subs:

  • Classic Italian
  • Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon on Italian Ciabatta Bread
  • The Traditional
  • Tuna Salad
  • Sierra Smoked Turkey on Italian Ciabatta Bread
  • Veggie

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The registration fee is to cover the cost of food and refreshments.

Confirmed present event volunteers **
Chapter officers and chapter nonevent volunteers
STC Members
Walk-ins (food and entrance are not guaranteed)
**Please contact the Events Committee Manager if you are interested in volunteering for this event to confirm your volunteer role. Only confirmed volunteers are eligible for the event volunteer rate.

map to ICF Consulting


ICF Consulting
1725 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington DC  20006
Phone: 202-862-1200
Next to the Farragut West Metro stop (International Square entrance) and 3 blocks from the Farragut North Metro stop.

Map and directions to ICF in Washington, D.C.

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