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XML Webinar Series, Session 3: Transforming XML


Presenter: Frank Miller & Hal Trent
Date Recorded: October 15, 2009


In the third installation of the XML series, you are shown the importance of XML tagging in creating audience specific documentation in a cost effective environment. We will discuss a series of use cases where XML tagging has played an important role in meeting timely deadlines by just having your information structured in XML. In this session you will learn how using XML tagging to semantically structure your information will allow you to leverage your XSLT to create specific document output. You will also gain the technical knowledge necessary to understand the difference between filtering your documentation using conditional processing versus filtering your documentation at the transform. This session will use the DITA framework for demonstrations, but will also explain the value of audience specific documentation and how it applies to XML. The Oxygen 10.3 editor will be used for demonstrations throughout the webinar. Each participant will receive the XSL-FO style sheet for PDF output and XHTML style sheet for web out used in the demonstration. The style sheets can be used by the participants in the Oxygen 10.3 DITA-OT or in the DITA OT downloaded from source forge.


Hal Trent is an experienced Consultant, Style Sheet Developer, and Information Systems Manager at Comtech Services, Inc. He has experience in XML CMS implementations for a variety of businesses and academic institutions and is currently focusing on SVG and DITA. He also leads frequent workshops related to DITA and XML. Hal has a BS in Biology from Roanoke College and an MS in Information Systems from DePaul University.


Frank Miller is a Senior Consultant and Project Manager at Comtech Services, Inc., assisting companies with their information design, process efficiency, and tools and implementation needs. Frank has more than 10 years experience in publishing and currently manages and implements enterprise content management solutions. Frank also guides corporations through their information architecture process. He has experience in conducting and analyzing benchmarking studies and information redesign for content management. He also serves as instructor for Comtech's series of interactive DITA workshops.


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