Check out this conceptual art project that explores the use of digital rights management (DRM) in unorthodox ways. In this example, the artist, Thibault Brevet, ponders by what would happen if we attached self-destructing DRM to chairs. DRM is already attached to some eBooks, limiting the number of times they can be checked out of lending libraries. This effort is upsetting librarians and library customers. Of late, ire has been focused on HarperCollins, a company that has implemented a limit on the number of times a book can be lent before it...Read More
TCW: Eric, thanks for agreeing to chat with us today. Before we dive into dynamic content and DITA, please tell us a little bit about yourself and the company you work for. Eric: I’d be happy to. I’m a founder and Chief Technology Officer of Flatirons Solutions, which is a mid-size consulting and systems integration firm focused on content management, digital asset management, and XML-based publishing applications. My own career goes back about 20 years in the content management and XML/SGML world, and I’ve been pretty active in the community. I’m currently on the IDEAlliance board, and am also a past president of OASIS both vendor consortiums focused on practical applications of XML. TCW: It seems like were on the verge of some pretty amazing changes in the way we provide information to customers. What, as you see it, are some of the most exciting things happening in the content management arena? Eric: To me, the real excitement is when technologies come along that change the whole way we do things, rather than just incrementally improving on what we’ve done before. The World Wide Web was such a game-changing technology; so was the invention of the printing press and the telephone. Today, the most exciting thing I see is the reality of a concept I call dynamic content delivery—delivering the right information to the right people, at the right...Read More
Constantine Hondros, a software developer who creates online and print content for a major software vendor, writes about moving to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) in this O’Reilly blog post, Going DITA. Hondros says he is currently working on a project involving DITA and plans to share his lessons learned via his blog as the project moves forward. Hondros on DITA: DITA provides “a set of thoughtfully designed, extendable DTDs and the tools to publish conforming documents to multiple channels. As the current surge in interest attests, it can make the process of adopting single-source publishing an easier...Read More
Norm Walsh does some analysis and attempts to tweak DocBook to address the four technical differences he says the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides technical documentation authors. A topic-oriented authoring paradigm A cross-referencing scheme that’s more practical than XML’s flat ID space SGML’s conref, reinvented An extensibility model based...Read More
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