Top things you need to know about S1000D software

Published: 10th June 2010
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What is S1000D? S1000D is properly defined as an international standard for the procurement and production of technical electronic publications. This S1000D specification has been first developed by ASD. The S1000D standard is free to download and use from the website.

What version of the ASD S1000D specification should I use for my project? The version of S1000D that you use for your project will be dependent on a couple governing factors. Consider the version that is decided on in the Business Rules for the contract. It will be decided in the specifications of the project. This is in most cases the most critical factor you need to take into account. When you're starting a new project to try and get a good start in the market, one of the first questions would be, what are we trying to get when implementing the S1000D specification? When you answer this matter, you can then look at what version of the specification to choose. Every version of the standard has subtle differences. Because the latest version of the standard has been released, doesn't have to mean that it will meet your project requirements.

Is S1000D only about being an electronic publication or can they be printed? Though the phrase Interactive Electronic Technical Publication obviously lends itself to being focused on electronic content instead of traditional paper data, the specification does allow for paper manuals. If you find something that needs to be changed or if you have an improvement for the standard? Can you get it considered? Each country has some volunteers who keep in contact with the S1000D Steering Committee. In case you found that there are changes that have to be made you're able fill in a CPF (Change Proposal Form) to the regional working group in your country. They will then submit it for you.

What type of tools do you have to get to start a S1000D documentation project? If you want to start a new S1000D project, there are a number of things you'll need. In all cases you will need a way to maintaining and create your data, to store your information, to manage different versions of your data and a way to control its presentation and structure.

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