Jim will explore the use of terminology for authors and readers showing how DITA and DITA enabled tools can exploit terminology to its fullest potential.
In discourse, not all words are created equal. Certain words are central to understanding a subject and other words are not. The organization and consistent use of these important terms, the terminology, is essential to clear communication. Fundamentally, planned and controlled terminology is used by authors in writing and editing, and it is further used by readers searching in glossaries and indexes. Writing tools must make the tasks of authors easy. For example, current DITA writing tools must provide access to terminology lists. Furthermore, search and browse systems in a CMS or online knowledgebase must incorporate terminology to make content quickly findable and understandable for authors and readers.
Technical communication managers often plan how terms will be used in technical communication with an eye to maximizing the value of these terms to both the writers and end customers. This talk lays a framework for understanding where terms are established by the writers and where terms can be used by writers and end customers.
Jim has been working in IT for 30 years holding mostly technical positions, often focused on database system internals. Jim encountered XML in 1999 and designed the first commercial XML database, XStreamDb. As part of this initiative, Jim was a member of the W3C XQuery working group and wrote a chapter in the book, XQuery From the Experts. In 2005 Jim became involved with DITA as Bluestream added support for DITA to the XDocs XML CMS. Since then, Jim has taken a lead role on further features of the XDocs XML CMS. Jim is currently a member of the OASIS DITA TC.