Full course description

Course Date:

On-going

Duration:

6 weeks

Commitment:

2-3 hrs/week

Requirement:

Win: XMetaL DITA Mac: oXygen DITA

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

$59 certificate

Description

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 output, 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. Read More.

Participants can choose to receive a paper-based certificate of completion at the end of this course from an Accredited University. The cost of a Certificate is $69 for both Domestic (credit card/PayPal/check) and International (PayPal only).

Earn an Accredited University Certificate and Badge Credential from techwriter-certification.com. See course description for more details.

For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 6-7 weeks with 2 to 3 hours per module. There are 6 modules. 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)

Objectives

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand about segmenting data for maximum use and reuse among a documentation set.
  • Know how to interpret a DTD (document type definition).
  • Use an XML authoring tool and use XML tags for your data.
  • Learn about the DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture) standard.

Course Instructors

Phyllis Croce

Phyllis Croce

Technical Writer

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.