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  1. Composition System Replacement (CSR) Industry Day May 6, 2008

  2. Agenda 8:00-8:30 Arrive at GPO 8:30-9:00 Welcome and Session Objectives Scott Stovall 9:00-9:25 Background of GPO and Vision for CSR Kirk Knoll 9:25-9:50 Input Types Discussion Kirk Knoll 9:50-10:15 Content and Processing Discussion Matt Landgraf 10:15-10:30 Break 10:30-10:50 Layout Discussion Kirk Knoll 10:50-11:15 User Interface Discussion Matt Landgraf 11:15-11:35 Output Discussion Kirk Knoll 11:35-Noon Next steps Kirk Knoll

  3. GPO CSR Panel • Joel Reeves • Lyle Green • Dannie Young • Dave Robare • Matt Landgraf • Kirk Knoll

  4. Session Objectives • Provide industry with enough data and background to effectively respond to the material noted in the RFI • Explain the desired functionality identified by GPO • Provide an open forum for GPO and industry to discuss these areas and GPO’s challenges

  5. RFI Objectives • To obtain industry feedback • Assessment of materials • Include white papers, and other industry best practices • Budgetary • To understand possible technology roadmaps– through capability statements. • Is COTS support available? (Requirements matrix) • How soon will COTS support be available?

  6. GPO’s Composition Background • May 6, 1972—birth of Microcomp….. • GPO developed • Used to compose Congressional and Agency documents • GPO locator codes • Typesetting specific codes used to compose data • Approximately 700 utilities have been developed to enhance and sustain Microcomp

  7. Motivations for Change • To improve workflow processes • To improve search and retrieval through the use of XML • Seamlessly accept, compose, and output XML • Reduce GPO’s dependency on a system: • not based on industry standard data model • with limited or no IT support

  8. Systems at GPO- The 3 Pillars each with a portfolio of initiatives Business Information Systems Digital Content Systems Digital Production Systems Example of Programs in Pillar: Oracle, Retail Sales Upgrade, Web Time and Attendance Example of Programs in Pillar: Composition Systems Replacement, FDsys Example of Programs in Pillar: Manufacturing Workflow Systems A portfolio of program and project initiatives are coordinated for each of the three GPO systems

  9. GPO Mission • To provide the three branches of the Federal Government with expert publishing and printing services. • To provide perpetual, free and ready public access to the printed and electronic information published by the Federal Government in partnership with Federal Depository libraries. • To distribute, on a cost recovery basis, printed and electronic copies of information published by the Federal Government.

  10. ConOps and RD Development • ConOps – Refreshed April 2008 • Requirements Document – Refreshed April 2008 • Developed in collaboration with all user groups • GPO Plant and IT&S • Congressional Users • House and Senate • Agency Users

  11. CSR RD Areas • Input Data • Content and Processing • Character Formatting • Layout • Output • User Interface

  12. Input Types • The Composition System Replacement (CSR) will be the central point for composition of content that is intended for print and internet access. • CSR will have the capability to accept input data for composition in current formats that are submitted by users, including XML, SGML, XML/SGML hybrids, Locator Files, and hybrids.

  13. Characteristics of Input Types • Optimum scenario is to move to an XML based workflow. The assumption is there will be a long transition period during which the legacy formats will have to be supported. • Transition period is driven by our content originators. • GPO receives multiple input types for one publication type • Bills are 95% XML, 5% locators. • GPO currently converts XML to locators. The goal is to be able to compose the native XML files.

  14. Conversion Challenges • Converting files with locators to XML • And sometimes back to locators

  15. Content and Processing • Publications that are printed using composition engines are comprised of many different document components: • Text: often output as two or more columns on a single page, and CSR must support these requirements. • Tables: includes all formatting and display requirements that pertain to individual tables and tables that span multiple columns and pages • Graphics and Equations: includes embedded and linked

  16. Content and Processing (con’t) • Continuation Indicators: indicators that a document component has been continued from one page to the next or from one column to the next • Indices (Indexes) and Table of Contents • Side Notes: denote cross-references to sections of other publications. • Footnotes: includes composition of sequential numeric footnotes and symbolic footnote patterns

  17. Characteristics of Content & Processing • Content from one publication has to be repurposed for other formats. GPO currently tags once and reuses the data in multiple products and formats. For example: • Bills and the Bills printed in the Congressional Record • Federal Register and the CFR • Managing various input types and workflows. • Composition of multiple publication fragments.

  18. Layout • CSR will: • Conform to distinctive formatting requirements for documents that are printed by GPO, including the Congressional Record, Congressional Bills, and Federal Register. • Automate the placement of content within a publication. • Use publication specific settings during composition. • Apply multiple sets of publication specific settings to the same document • Allow authorized users to override publication specific settings.

  19. Layout (con’t) • Printed publications composed by GPO often require specific formatting of characters, text, tables, and columns: • Change formatting • Font styling • Text alignment • Tracking • Adjusting of character width • Kerning • Drop Caps and Raised Caps • Special and Unicode Characters • Composite Characters • Leaders • Horizontal and Vertical Fixed Spacing

  20. Authoring Tools • GPO currently uses • XMetal • Textpad

  21. Tables • May span from one page to multiple • May be portrait or landscape • May be1 column or may exceed 15 columns • Many levels of box heads • Once a table has been coded it can be repurposed. Includes capability to apply new style. • Must accept many input types for tables including SGML and XML.

  22. Nested Box Head Table

  23. Table Without Down Rules

  24. Characteristics of Layout • CSR will need to be capable of printing complex multi-page tables. • The volume of work GPO produces requires that CSR be an automated batch process. A manual process would not be effective in GPO’s workflow. • GPO composes and produces publications daily under strict deadlines.

  25. User Interface • Windows-based Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and workbenches are key components of CSR. • Workbenches for internal and external user classes will allow users to access toolsets and perform authorized functions according to user roles, access rights, and privileges.

  26. User Interface (con’t) • Users will be permitted to apply and modify processing instructions through the user interface. • The system will provide the capability for administrators to customize default GUIs and workbenches for all user classes. • The system must conform to best practices, standards, and guidelines regarding usability for GUI design.

  27. Characteristics of User Interface • The user interface will allow users to preview their composition work and have access to an editor to modify source documents. • The system must provide error identification, location, severity, and notification.

  28. Output • Includes all the processes and capabilities necessary for CSR to render files that can be used for creating printed and digital output. • CSR will be able to produce output in PostScript, XML, PDF, locator tagged files, and HTML. • The system shall also allow users to specify output options, including duplex printing and Galley and Page mode rendering options. • The system must also be capable of re-composing pages and frames after corrections are made to content. Must be able to limit the effect of a particular change as to not require changes to the flow of a complete document. • The system will also be capable of outputting content to multiple printing devices and distributing the output on several devices simultaneously.

  29. Characteristics of Output • The system must be able to insert processing instructions (e.g. line and page breaks, page and line numbers) within the native document file. • The system must be able to print information outside the page margins (e.g. job identifiers, file name, operator name, date and time).

  30. Integration • CSR needs to be integrated with existing pre-processing and post-processing applications, including: • Authoring tools/Text editors (e.g., XMetaL, Xywrite, TextPad, word processors, MathType) • Translation tools and Conversion programs • Acrobat Distiller • Bound Record indexing process • Other electronic distribution utilities (e.g., add hot links) • Productivity Management systems

  31. Next Steps - White Papers and Capability Statements • Vendors who are interested in any or all of the solution sets must submit a packet of material which includes: • Capability statement • White Paper that: • Addresses gaps between current technology and areas. • Addresses any concerns with CSR documentation. • Provides technology roadmaps, with timelines for notional area support. • Budgetary estimates along with estimated implementation timelines and effort. • All documents due by • The complete list of requested materials, due dates and instructions are noted in the published RFI at These instructions must be followed for consideration.

  32. Session Objectives • Provide industry with enough data and understanding to effectively respond to the material noted in the RFI • Explain the desired functionality identified by GPO • Provide an open forum for GPO and industry to discuss these areas and GPO’s challenges

  33. RFI Objectives • To obtain industry feedback • Assessment of materials • Include white papers, and other industry best practices • Budgetary • To understand possible technology roadmaps– through capability statements. • Is COTS support available? (Requirements matrix) • How soon will COTS support be available?

  34. Contact Information • •