adopting structured authoring best practices - for unstructured tools

Subject: adopting structured authoring best practices - for unstructured tools
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:48:18 -0700

Hello, WR-L-ers,
Thereâs been plenty of discussion on this list about structured authoring and DITA. I believe that a common misconception is that structure/DITA is an all-or-nothing thing, that requires a full-blown structured authoring ecosystem of complex tools. But in fact, you can adopt many of the best practices from structured authoring in the regular, non-structured tools that many/most of us use: Word, FrameMaker, and Flare.
So I (along with a collaborator) created a presentation on the topic, which I gave to the STC-Berkeley chapter last night.
I hope itâs not too self-serving/promoting to share the presentation with this listâit was recommended that I do so (by a person whoâs on both this list and the [Framers] list, where weâve had a ton of related discussion).
Itâs on SlideShare:, and on my LinkedIn profile: (for now in both the Summary section, and in the experience entry for Society for Technical Communication).
(To download the presentation, vs. simply viewing itâwhich unfortunately renders the many reference links non-liveâyou need to log in to SlideShare.)
Iâd certainly welcome comment and discussion,

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