Educational Papers and Talks

For years 20+, Group Wellesley has participated in discussions regarding the effect of innovative technology on documentation. We have presented educational talks on topics such as DITA and XML publishing, single-source documentation solutions, and getting the most from your documentation tools.   We have also included a sampling of our talks to provide examples of our contributions to technical communication.

 If you’re interested in learning more about our educational papers and talks, please contact us at info@groupwellesley.com.

The Story Behind HTML5

Houser, A. (2011). From Intercom, a publication of the Society for Technical Communication.

The author presents the fascinating story of conflict and reconciliation that led to the development of the Web’s latest markup language, HTML5.

Managing and Delivering your Content as Data

Houser, A. (2003). From Intercom, a publication of the Society for Technical Communication.

The author presents an overview of the capabilities and entry points for data-driven publishing. Subjects include template-based authoring, XML authoring and publishing, database publishing and content management solutions.

Creating XML Content

Houser, A. (2002). From Intercom, a publication of the Society for Technical Communication.

The author evaluates three commercial software packages for authoring XML documents: ArbortText Epic, Adobe FrameMaker 7, and SoftQuad XMetaL. The article notes particular feature requirements needed by authors who are creating XML documents.

XML Schemas for Publishing Applications

Houser, A. (2001). Presented to XML 2001, Orlando, FL, December 2001.

The author reviews the W3C XML Schema Recommendation of May, 2002, with particular attention to the needs of XML publishers.

XML Editors: Fact or Fiction?

Houser, A. (2001). Presented to PittMark (Pittsburgh Markup Language Users Group).

An informal overview of currently-available XML editors.

Trends in XML Software

Houser, A. (2001). From Intercom, a publication of the Society for Technical Communication.

The author evaluates several currently available XML authoring tools and speculates on the future of XML authoring tools and XML-based publishing.

Creating XML Documents with the Tools You Already Have

Houser, A. (2000). Presentation to the Society for Technical Communication, Pittsburgh Chapter.

By mapping Microsoft Word styles and Adobe FrameMaker paragraph formats to XML elements, you can create XML documents that are sufficient to drive many XML document-based applications.

FrameMaker and XML: What Can I Do Now?

Houser, A. (2000). Presentation to the FrameUsers Conference, San Diego, CA.

Adobe has been criticized for the weakness of XML support in FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML version 6.0. The author argues:

  • Adobe’s level of XML support in FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML (including lack of XML import) is justified, given that several key XML-related specifications are not yet finalized.
  • FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML support XML better than nearly any other professional print publishing tool available today.
  • FrameMaker and/or FrameMaker+SGML can today serve as the basis of an XML-based publishing system.

Using Style Sheets to Publish XML to the Web

Houser, A. (2000). Presentation to the FrameUsers Conference, San Diego, CA.

XML is about separating content from format. How do you specify the format of an XML document? Use a style sheet. The author presents the two types of XML style sheets (CSS and XSLT), and discusses the strengths, applications, and limitations of each.

Hyperpublishing with XML, Part I: XSL, XSLT

Houser, A. (2000). Presented as part of the PittMark XML tutorial series.

This talk discusses the capabilities of the XML transformation language, XSLT, for publishing XML documents to the Web.

Single-Source Publishing with FrameMaker+SGML and Perl

Houser, A. (1999). FrameUsers Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

This is a case study of a single-source SGML-based publishing system that implemented by the author while a staff member at Clairvoyance Corporation (formerly CLARITECH Corporation), Pittsburgh, PA.