As our readers know, we are long-time advocates of open-document formats. Over the past couple of years, we have written a great deal about DITA and formats like ODF, but we also have a lot of experience and interest in DocBook and vertical DTDs such as J2008 for the automotive industry and the various DOD standards. We are clearly reaching a point where interoperability among these standards has become an issue. Organizations are more diverse, more likely to be sharing content between operating groups and with other organizations, and more likely to be sourcing content from a variety of partners, customers, and suppliers. Needless to say, not all of these sources of content will be using the same XML vocabulary; indeed, even two organizations using DITA, for example, will likely have specialized DITA differently.
With this need for interoperability in mind, OASIS has announced a new discussion list, regarding a possible new OASIS Document Standards Interoperability Technical Committee (TC). Details on the list, including how to subscribe, can be found here.
FatWire Software announced the general availability of FatWire Content Server 7, the latest release of its Web Content Management platform. Content Server now has three interfaces that are designed to accommodate the different usage patterns and types of users in an organization. The Insite interface is streamlined for use by anyone who wants to manage content and page layout from within the actual pages of the site. In this WYSIWYG environment, users can add/remove/re-sequence content on a page, preview content changes, drag and drop page components, and invoke workflow processes. The Dash interface is designed for the frequent business user who wants streamlined access to the content tasks performed every day. Users can create, compare and translate content for different locales and languages. Enhanced full-text search across all types of content makes it easier to find content that already exists. The Advanced interface for power users and developers should be familiar to anyone who has used the software application. Content Server 7 includes support for tags. Tags are user defined, so each user can choose tags that make sense to them. The same tag can be applied to different types of content, allowing you to group content any way you want, such as by campaign, project, or day of the week. Multilingual support is built directly into the data model, so that any content can be translated into multiple languages. Content Server 7 now has enhanced full-text search. FatWire Content Server 7 is available immediately. http://www.fatwire.com