Using Warehouse Files to Improve the Overall Findability of Your DITA Content

Can a comprehensive index be created in a modern DITA XML publishing environment made up of hundreds of tiny files? And how can an editor and an indexer be incorporated into the DITA environment for better consistency and findability of content?

If you want your content to be found, you need to make sure your content is indexed and consistent across all deliverables and content channels. This means taking advantage of structured metadata and keyword research and the ruthless application of consistent terms to boost the findability of your content.

In this presentation, we’ll talk about one company’s use of warehouse files to bring consistency to index terms and their application to a body of content–a series of published reference books. It’s a microcosm of the bigger picture full of techniques that apply far beyond paper publishing.

Learn how a good editing/indexing team who adopts the same strategies and techniques used by authors working in modern DITA XML dynamic publishing environments bring new and improved value, consistency, and efficiency to your content findability across your deliverables and output channels.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Can you create a corporate index from a modern DITA XML dynamic publishing environment made up of hundreds of tiny files that is synched with Marketing’s keyword research and structured metadata to boost the consistency and findability of product information–and do it quickly, frugally, and efficiently?

Meet the presenter

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions, is a serial entrepreneur. She’s founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries. She has worked in high-tech and government sectors, at companies of all different sizes (from startups to huge enterprises). She advocates approaches that directly improve organizational efficiency, productivity, and interoperability. For years, Liz has worked with clients guiding them through the getting started process, enabling them to be efficient content creators. She knows her customers want to do it themselves and that they just don’t want to do it alone.

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