Single Source Publishing - Content Assembly - Context of Use

Context of Use

A common mistake in single sourcing systems is to confuse transforms between technical formats (e.g. PDF vs. HTML) and different modalities of use. The technical transformation is mechanical and easily implemented, but the different ways in which a document may be used will have an impact on its authoring from the outset and this is not easy to automate, or to automate well. As an example, a user manual as a PDF document may have a linear narrative of 50 pages while its comparable online help system may present the same content as paragraphs, and structures this as 100 pages, all of which must be usable as stand-alone topics and require extensive linking between them. A "tutorial" might present much of the same content, but in less depth and following a linear narrative. This requirement to support multiple contexts is not easily met by mere programming.

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