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The Implications of Single Sourcing for Technical Communicators

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Abstract:

This article considers the impact of single sourcing on technical communicators, especially their work and their roles in the organization, as reflected in several recent books and articles. I begin by examining four books that describe methodologies for single sourcing, including the use of desktop publishing tools, the Extensible Markup Language (XML), and content management systems (CMS). I then review articles by practitioners and scholars of technical communication that explore the roles of writers and editors when documents are created dynamically from a database, the appropriateness of the tool set and its implementation for technical information, and ways to make dynamic content more rhetorically effective.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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