Live Document Validation in FS Pro 2013

When you start FS Pro 2013, you will see an outline pane on the left hand side of Microsoft Word. The outline pane serves multiple functions:

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Exploiting Content Overlap

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“You’re a unique individual, just like everyone else.” I’m not sure who said this first, but it neatly summarizes why you need to think about developing an enterprise-wide strategy for content management. When different areas within organizations ignore the commonalities they share, the result is inconsistent content, unnecessary duplication of effort, and impaired efficiency.

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New user interface for FS Pro 2013

Over the next 8 weeks, we will be providing you with a weekly update on the new features of FS Pro 2013. This new version of FS Pro will be released in November 2012.

#1 - New User Interface

The user interface of FS Pro 2013 has been redesigned to meet the needs of specific target audiences. We now offer 2 modes: Expert Mode and Assisted Mode

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Is Your Organization a Content Hoarder? Four Warning Signs to Look For

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The other night, I watched an old episode of Hoarders. I’m not a big fan of reality shows, but this one was difficult to ignore. Like many of us, I’m both fascinated and repelled by the way some people keep piling up possessions despite the fact that they’re rendering their homes unsafe, unsanitary and virtually uninhabitable.
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The DITA Topic Types: Square Pegs and Round Holes

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Most of us find out early in life that square pegs don’t fit into round holes. As we get older, we learn that this lesson applies to many situations besides playing with blocks. The latest example I can think of is what happens when writers try to fit different types of information into the DITA topic typing scheme.

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"But how does Information Mapping compare with DITA?"

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Nowadays I can’t participate in a discussion of content standards without somebody asking me, “But what about DITA?” For the few who haven’t heard, Darwin Information Typing Architecture—DITA for short—is an XML-based data model for authoring and publishing. DITA, originally developed by IBM, features an Open Toolkit publishing system that can be applied to single-source publishing. Many organizations, challenged with the move towards content reuse and single-sourcing, are adopting DITA.
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Three Mistakes That Can Lead To A Content Standard Train Wreck

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The great physicist Niels Bohr said that an expert in any field is “someone who has made all the mistakes which can be made.” I’ve always liked his definition, because understanding what didn’t work can help you avoid making similar mistakes, and save you a lot of time, money and wasted effort. This article features three mistakes that can lead to disaster for the content standard you’re working so hard to develop and implement. 
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Selling Your New Corporate Content Standard

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Lately I’ve written a lot about corporate content standards and how you can use the Information Mapping method to design a standard that meets your requirements. But once you’ve created that perfect standard, tailored to fit your users’ needs as well as the nature of the content itself and the capabilities and limitations of your technologies, you still aren’t finished. Ahead of you is the task of selling the new standard to your organization. And that isn’t always easy—in fact, sometimes it’s the hardest part of the process.

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Taco Salad, the Information Mapping Way

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The Information Mapping method is best known for its success as a business communications methodology, but it can make life easier for you outside the office, too. Right now we’re in the middle of the summer vacation season, so here’s an application for the Method that’s definitely not work-related, and all about summer fun.

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Style Manuals 101

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The world as I see it can be broken up into two kinds of people. People who follow the rules and people who break them. When it comes to corporate rules and policies there are people who love them and live by them and there are those who just plain ignore them. Generally, in life I tend to be more of a rule breaker. But when it comes to corporate standards…well, I am the branding police.

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