Chapter��6.��Multi-Channel Publishing (DocBook)

Description. The SQI DocBook System combines the power of our Knowledge Base technology - direct input from content authors, continuous improvement, instants publishing, and extensive search - with the power of DocBook technology - extensive specialized markup for technical publication and multichannel publishing. The result is a on-demand environment where content experts can update material at any time. These enhancements are instantly published, updated material is instantly re-indexed, and html for the Web and PDF for printed output are simultaneously produced.

Solves.  More and more fequently, business is required to communicate with multiple stakeholders, customers, service organizations, technical partners and others. Though these stakeholders often access the same source of knowledge, they differ in the way they access that knowledge, based on their personal characteristics. For instance, technical staffs often want knowledge in short, almost cryptic, but precise chunks, and their preferred access mechanism is a direct web search in the knowledge base. Marketing people tend for longer, organized threads of information and may require it on paper so that a copy can be left with the customer, and prospective customers may fall into either, or a mix, of these buckets.

Making information available in multiple formats has traditionally been a batch process. A publication group gathers the necessary information, rewrites it and commits it to paper, let's say. This results in out-of-date materials and multiple distribution channels. In the DocBook system the process is continuous. As pages are added by a plethora of contributors, an editing group tunes them for readability and a technical oversight group might expand them to address a wider and more inclusive issue.

At any time all the formats and channels are current and synchronized

6.1.��Introduction

The SQI DocBook System combines the power of our Knowledge Base technology - direct input from content authors, continuous improvement, instants publishing, and extensive search - with the power of DocBook technology - extensive specialized markup for technical publication and multichannel publishing. The result is a on-demand environment where content experts can update material at any time, these enhancements are instantly published, updated material is instantly re-indexed, and html for the Web and PDF for printed output are simultaneously produced.

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Add a description on the component up strategy of the SQI system. ???

SQI Commitment to Instant PublishingThis book is an statement, and a working example, of the SQI philosophy of instant publishing. This book is a work-in-progress. All of the material is in draft form (some in rough draft form). Some of the How-To sections have example code with little of the description provided. But all of the material fulfills the SQI concept that any insight or new knowledge has value and needs to be quickly shared

6.1.1.��The Problem Solved: Knowledge Transfer

Geoffrey Moore's ["Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers"] defines the major impediment to the long term success of high-tech products as the fundamental change in users over time.

Figure��6.1.��The Solutions Gap

The Solutions Gap

This is true because the product's growth can only be sustained by attracting mainstream users. Thus, when all the innovators and visionaries that can be attracted are already users, the edge of the Chasm is reach. At that point growth is dependent on attracting and satisfying mainstream users that are less-technical pragmatists and only interested in complete solutions. Most high-tech products find it a significant, and occasionally daunting, challenge to build the additional components that fit the products to a less technologically sophisticated user.

Most successful high-tech projects are at the chasm.  The success of open source to date has been driven by the innovators and visionaries - the Power Users. But, for the future to be bright, open source projects must attract mainstream users - Solution Seekers - a task that few projects are equipped to meet.

MicroPublishing provides the technologies, processes and strategies for high-tech projects to address the needs of the Solution Seekers.

6.1.2.��Power of Multi-Channel Graphics

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6.1.2.1.��PNG and SVG

A very powerful example of multi-channel benefits is the ability to published detailed images such as electrical schematics in an SVG format while still providing a thumbnail for standard web browsers.

Figure��6.2, ���Power of SVG Example��� below is a simple example. A small version of the SQI Application Component Overview schematic is displayed in the HTML version for web viewing. The PDF version is published with the SVG version. Open the PDF and expand to 400% to see how the image will scale to any size.

Figure��6.2.��Power of SVG Example

Power of SVG Example

6.2.��Structure of microPublishing Platform

6.2.1.��Web Page as Repository

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