Full course description
Available beginning December 1, 2014
The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments. Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper ouput, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.
The course is designed to further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. It also introduces you to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems. Basic knowledge of writing standards, output options, and content management systems is helpful.
Participants can choose to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The cost of the Certificate and Processing will generally be $59.00 (US) domestic and $69.00 (US) international.
For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 6-7 weeks. There are 7 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.
Topics covered include:
- Week One: Segmenting Data
- Week Two: XML and Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
- Week Three: DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture)
- Week Four: DTDs and Using the XML Editor
- Week Five: S1000D and IETMs
- Week Six: Content Management Systems (CMS)
Phyllis Croce has over 25 years in the high technology industry as a technical writer, course developer, and information developer. She has worked in the areas of typography, content management, and printing and publishing as an installer, trainer, course and information developer, manager of training, and technical writer. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, DITA, S1000D, Content Management Systems, and various typesetting and output engines along with working knowledge of XMetaL, Arbortext, and oXygen among other software technologies. Her degrees include a MS.Ed. from State University College at Buffalo plus 15 hours postgraduate studies in computer science and 15 hours postgraduate studies in student personnel administration.