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PowerXEditor – A Content Acquisition Tool to Facilitate Structured Writing Methods for the High-Value Subject Matter Expert Presentation for XML Philly User’s Group October 9, 2006 Revision Our Customer’s Needs in a Nutshell Roles, Workflows Online Collaborative Environment

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PowerXEditor – A Content Acquisition Tool to Facilitate Structured Writing Methods for the High-Value Subject Matter Expert

Presentation for XML Philly User’s GroupOctober 9, 2006 Revision


Our Customer’s Needs in a Nutshell

  • Roles, Workflows

  • Online Collaborative Environment

  • Need to Move Beyond XML-Centric Tools

  • Stability, Availability

  • Activity Logging

  • Support

  • Opt-Out Capability


Our Response - PowerXEditor

  • Browser-Based

  • Easy Learning Curve for Word Processing Users

  • AJAX Technology Local Processes

  • XML in – XML Out

  • Relaxed Structure

  • Cleanup Process on Export

The advantage of a clear vision


Design and Implementation Constraints

  • Current Client: IE 5.5+

  • Expansion to:

    • Netscape, Firefox, Mozilla

    • Safari

  • Server:


Current PowerXEditor Functions


Top Features List

  • Automated Reference Checking

    • Includes Reference Renumbering

    • Extend to Figures, Tables

  • Administrative Features

    • Force Check-In/Check-Out

    • Add/Delete Users, Change Chapter Assignments

    • Activity Logs

  • User Preferences

  • Specialized Content Marking

    • Designate Inclusion or Exclusion in Special Editions

    • Comment Pass-Through to Production

  • Enhanced Workflow With E-Mail Notification


The PowerXEditor Process

Old Edition

or Word

XML

Conversion

XML for

Production

PowerXEditor

Pre-XML Editions

Old XML

PowerXEditor

XML for

Production

XML Revised Editions

PowerXEditor

XML for

Production

New Editions


Administrative Roadmap

  • Additional Toolsets

    • Extend Word Count – Length Feature to Mini-Castoff Tool

    • Preflight Uploaded Images

    • Opt-Out Automation

  • Other Items

    • API for Common Workflow Platforms

    • Code for All Common Browsers


Login Screen


Authoring View


Editor’s Status Report


Advantages of PowerXEditor

Alternatives to PowerXEditor are working with word-processor files or with a specialized template usually based on a word processing program.

  • XML in, XML out

    • No Author or Editor XML Knowledge is Required to Use PowerXEditor

    • Techbooks Maintains Master Copies, Backups, File Difference Logs

    • Initial Load QA, Clean-up for DTD Compliance on Export


More Advantages of PowerXEditor

  • Server-Based Upgrades – No Distribution Problems

  • Help Desk Support

  • On-Line Help With Flash Tips

  • Alt-Text and Long-Description Pass-Through to Comply With ADA and Section 508 for Electronic Editions

  • Status Reports for Editors


More Advantages of PowerXEditor

  • Improved Delivery to Techbooks Production

  • Can Provide XML at Any Time for Marketing, Publish-Before-Print

  • Author Productivity May be Enhanced as Focus is on Content, Not Presentation

  • Development Team Can Provide Specific Customization to Interface

  • Preview Mode Provides a “Galley View”


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