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Advanced Certificate Course in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation (Online)

Course Details

Free Limited Offer - See below.

The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments.

Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper output, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

Software (free trial software download available online). Instructor will provide details once the course of study has commenced.

For more information about the program, visit the FAQs page.

Required Textbook and Companion Website

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Introduction to DITA- Second Edition: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture Including DITA 1.2

  • ISBN-13: 978-0977863433

 

 

Continuing Education Hours

30 Contact Hours
3.0 CEUs

Outcome

After completing this program, you will have gained a well-rounded education allowing you to:

  • Know how to interpret a DTD (document type definition)
  • Use XMetaL as an authoring tool
  • Segment your data for maximum use and reuse among a documentation set
  • Use XML to tag your data
  • Learn about and use the DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture) standard
  • Become familiar with the current trends in technical writing in addition to DITA; the S1000D standard, use of IETMs and CMS.

Assessment

Your progress and understanding of the lessons is assessed based on the instructor’s evaluation of your written assignments, quizzes, contribution to the discussion, and a final project.

Students are encouraged to contact the instructor with any questions during the course of study.
They may also submit a draft copy of their assignments for critique and review before submitting the final copy.

This course can be completed in 6 weeks. The student will be given up to 2 months to complete.

Program Outline

LESSON 1Segmenting Data: How to analyze and segment data for optimum use in documentation and publications

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Quiz
  4. Discussion

LESSON 2Document Type Definitions (DTDs): Interpreting and understanding DTDs and how they control XML data

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Tutorial

LESSON 3DTDs and XML: The XML tags and attributes

  1. Reading
  2. Quiz

LESSON 4DTDs and using the XML Editor: XMetaL

  1. Reading
  2. Exercise: Creating a DTD

LESSON 5DTDs and using the XML Editor: XMetaL

  1. Lecture
  2. Exercise: Creating a DTD

LESSON 6 - XMetaL

  1. Tutorial
  2. Exercise: Defining and creating your documentation set

LESSON 7 DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture)

  1. Reading
  2. Discussion

LESSON 8Reusing Segmented Data

  1. Reading

LESSON 9 - Publishing

  1. Reading
  2. Discussion

LESSON 10S1000D and IETMs

  1. Reading
  2. Viewing a demo

LESSON 11Content Management Systems (CMS)

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Discussion
  4. Quiz

LESSON 12Final Project

  1. Final Project

FAQ

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Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer ends June 30, 2014)

Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication.

Writing for a Global Market

With the industrial, technical, and commercial market becoming more and more global, it is imperative that writers understand the importance of writing for a worldwide market. Writers cannot write for a single language community anymore but must be aware of, and consider how to prepare and write for multiple languages to reach diverse populations, cultures, and communities. This course will focus on how to apply best practices for:

  • Globalization - the broad range of processes necessary to prepare and launch products and company activities internationally.
  • Internationalization - developing content that is easily localized; doesn’t include local/regional references.
  • Localization - the process of adapting a product or service to a particular language and culture.
  • In addition, writers must also be aware of the industry’s standards to help manage this activity, including an understanding of:

  • Machine translation (MT)
  • Translation memory (TM)
  • Translation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Content management systems (CMS)
  • For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

    Upon enrollment, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website

    Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer Begins March 10, 2014 and ends July 31, 2014)

    Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication.

    Fundamentals in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation

    The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments. Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper output, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

    The course is designed to further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. It also introduces you to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems. Basic knowledge of writing standards, output options, and content management systems is helpful.

    For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

    Upon enrollment in any of the other Technical Writing Courses listed, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website.

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