XML authoring for SMEs in the cloud
Up until now there has traditionally been 4 classic models of content authoring:
free-form (how it looks, not what it is), form-driven (highly constrained),
structure-driven (direct XML tagging) and template-driven (constrained). Each has their relative merits, but still fall short of what is required for widespread enterprise DITA adoption.
Now, with AuthorBridge from Stilo, there is an emerging 5th model for content creation, Guided + Fluid Authoring, breaking down the barriers to enterprise DITA adoption.
Guided + Fluid DITA Authoring
AuthorBridge provides a Guided + Fluid authoring experience for the SME. It delivers all the advantages of free-form authoring (author-friendly, with little or no restrictions), while ensuring that rich semantic content is generated under the covers, capturing the author intent without any of the complexity of DITA.
By providing visual controls and cues, it guides the author naturally, with no explicit tagging or structure to directly manage. The document schema acts like an unobtrusive framework. When changes are made to the content, the AuthorBridge conversion engine automatically computes and applies the appropriate semantic markup, allowing the SME to concentrate exclusively on authoring the content.
Guidance text in the user interface for creating a new topic
User interface controls that provide hover help and/or tool tips
Non-intrusive, in-line textual guidance for the high-level parts of the topic body
A visual guidance panel, specially adapted for each document type
A totally customizable authoring environment
As a result, content creation is easy and efficient. The SME is unencumbered by the authoring tool, and provided with an intuitive and free-flowing fluid authoring experience.
Leverages Open Source software
AuthorBridge integrates CKEditor, the world-leading, Open Source HTML text editor, with more than 9 million downloads and over 10 years of continuous development.
Supports 60+ languages
Compatible with all major browsers
Support for a broad range of plug-ins
AuthorBridge can be configured to incorporate a broad range of CKEditor community plug-ins, with ongoing support provided by Stilo for the total enhanced solution. Plug-ins include Google docs viewer, track changes, templates, form elements, equation editor, math editor, YouTube embedding, list, formulae, floating tool bar and many more.
AuthorBridge key features
Browser-based HTML editor
Server-based conversion & round-tripping to DITA
DITA smarts computed by the conversion server
allowing more freedom for the SME
Comprehensive DITA configurability
If you would like to evaluate AuthorBridge or register your interest for a trial version of AuthorBridge Cloud (available January 2017), please complete the form below and a member of our account team will contact you to further discuss your requirements.
You may also find this recent webinar recording introducing AuthorBridge of interest, which includes a brief demo (registration required).