Structured Writing: Rhetoric and Process

Structured Writing: Rhetoric and Process

by Mark Baker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937434564
Publisher: XML Press
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Mark Baker is the author of Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical
Communication and the Web as well as other books on content and content technologies and dozens of articles on technical communication, content strategy, and structured writing.
He has worked as a technical writer, tech comm manager, director of communications,
programmer, copywriter, and consultant and has spoken frequently at industry conferences.
He has designed, built, and used multiple structured writing tools and systems, including the one used to write this book.

Mark blogs at and tweets as @mbakeranalecta.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. Structured Writing Domains
    • How Ideas Become Content
    • Writing in the Media Domain
    • Writing in the Document Domain
    • Writing in the Subject Domain
    • The Management Domain: an Intrusion

  • II. Process, Rhetoric, and Structure
    • Partitioning Complexity
    • Rhetorical Structure
    • Information Architecture
    • Writing

  • III. Algorithms
    • Separating Content from Formatting
    • Processing Structured Text
    • Single Sourcing
    • Reuse
    • Generated Content
    • Extract
    • Merge
    • Modeling
    • Linking
    • Publishing
    • Active Content

  • IV. Structures
    • Content as Data
    • Blocks, Fragments, Paragraphs, and Phrases
    • Wide Structures
    • Subject-Domain Structures
    • Metadata
    • Terminology
    • Relevance
    • Composable Structures
    • Conformance

  • V. Languages
    • Markup
    • Patterns
    • Lightweight Markup Languages
    • Heavyweight Markup Languages
    • Extensible and Constrainable Languages
    • Constraint Languages

  • VI. Management
    • Content Management
    • Collaboration
    • Avoiding Duplication
    • Auditing
    • Change Management
    • Repeatability
    • Timeliness
    • Translation

  • VII. Design
    • System Design

  • Index

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