Technical Publishing

Our consultants have extensive experience implementing structured content and XML solutions to support the specific requirements of any technical documentation team. In addition, the Dakota Content Platform is available pre-configured to support a DITA-based publishing workflow, creating a platform that allows for content reuse, localization, dynamic content distribution, and single-source publishing.

Our Specialties Include:

DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture)

An open XML-based standard that describes the architecture for creating and managing information. DITA allows content to be authored as modular components, called topics, which can be reused across various documents and output channels. It separates the content from the formatting, allows for a streamlined content creation process, and simplifies the dynamic publishing process. Content that is in DITA can be automatically published to PDF, HTML, RTF, PowerPoint, eBook and mobile from a single source, drastically reducing the tedium that traditional tools cause.

S1000D for Aerospace and Defense

An international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications, adopting this standard leads to significant cost savings in the authoring process and interoperability between the Aerospace community. Content created using S1000D standard stores data in the form of “data modules,” which act as standalone pieces of information. Data modules are stored in a Common Source Data Base (CSDB) or in other words, a central repository where content can be shared across an enterprise. The single greatest benefit for the Aerospace industry in complying with S1000D is re-use.

SPL for FDA Submission

Most view indexing of SPL XML content to be emerging technology; however, for Dakota Systems, it’s something we have been doing for the last decade. As an industry leader in XML content management systems, we have honed our experience to design efficient XML authoring interfaces, XML databases and customized XML publishing methods. The FDA is working on a standard indexing scheme for all SPL and it makes sense to have those crucial elements support any structured product label – across all healthcare industries. With SPL you can:

  • Comply with FDA SPL XML Standards while Designing and Producing Physician Labeling
  • Increase Authoring and Operational Efficiency
  • Optimize Time to Market
  • Bring Re-Use to the Forefront of SPL Authoring
  • Provide Efficient Enterprise Search
  • Publish Dynamically Validated SPL Documents to the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

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