Documentation Tool Developer
Using XML as the source format for authoring technical publications creates opportunities to develop tools that provide analysis, author guidance, and visualization. This case study describes two web applications that take advantage of the XML source format of documents. The applications provide a browser-based tool for technical writers and editors in a 100-person documentation department of a software company. Compared to desktop tools, the web applications are more convenient for users and less affected by hard-to-predict inconsistencies among users' computers. One application analyzes file dependencies and produces custom reports that facilitate reorganizing files. The other helps authors visualize their network of topics in their documentation sets.