April 2014 Meeting Announcement: Reuse Strategies to Support the API-ification of Your Content

Presented by Mysti Berry

The April meeting is on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in downtown San Francisco in the SF Grove Room at the Hub in downtown San Francisco. HUB, 901 Mission St, at Fifth Street, is a short walk from the Powell Street BART/MUNI Station. HUB Bay Area is a community of people building a better world. You can learn more about the HUB community at www.HubBayArea.com. For details about reaching the location and instructions for purchasing tickets, visit www.stc-sf.org/stc-meetings.htm. Light refreshments are provided.

About the Presentation

Relying too heavily on inline links and other unstructured reuse makes it difficult to deliver existing content in new ways, which is the promise of DITA. If you want to use snippets of content in glossary pop-ups, code completion tools, or make it available to downstream processes of any kind, you must have a strategy for reuse of small content units. Learn how we stopped relying on inline links as a core architectural structure for a large help set, and started carving up large files into smaller units.

Note: Mysti has spoken about letting go of inline links in the past. Inline links are a very small part of this wider talk on going from XML to truly structured content.

About the Presenter

Mysti Berry was a Principal Content Strategist for salesforce.com for two years, and has returned to her roots as a technical writer as of April 2014. She has written enterprise software documentation for twenty years for companies as diverse as Sybase, Twentieth Century Fox, and salesforce.com. She’s presented at several national conferences. Mysti holds a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Mysti lives in San Francisco.

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