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single source publishing

Writing documentation and information in one format and publishing it in multiple formats. For example, the source text could be written in a word processor and converted to a variety of different formats such as PDF, HTML and XML. PDF is especially popular for publishers that are printing books. See PDF, HTML and XML.

We Do Single Source Publishing
The production of this encyclopedia by The Computer Language Company (CLC) is an example of single source publishing. The source text files are written and maintained in the XyWrite III Plus format (a rather ancient text editor that most people never heard of!). From the XyWrite source files, a conversion program, written in C, turns the text and XyWrite format codes into a set of XML master files.

From the XML masters, additional conversion programs create six formats: one HTML feed and two types of XML feeds for CLC customers who host the Encyclopedia on their servers; HTML definitions for CLC's own hosting system; proprietary glossary files used for CLC's popular Windows lookup engine, as well as Open eBook files for CLC customers who publish in that format. See XyWrite and CLC.
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Habasonda said,"From our point of view, single-sourcing is generally bad practice in procurement because it carries connotations of corruption and back deals.
In the absence of such participation, the effects of radical change--and starting a single-sourcing initiative certainly qualifies as a technology innovation that radically changes an entire manufacturing process--may disenfranchise writers.
The chaos and fear of writers facing a shift from a craftsman model of document production to a single-sourcing model is certainly understandable (and perhaps justified) to a certain extent.
0 Integration Completes Suite-Wide Single-Source Publishing; Introduction of MadPak Now Results in the Industry's Strongest Suite of Tools for Content Authoring, Single-Sourcing, and Multi-Channel Publishing
0 features new points of integration, adding the final links to create MadPak's suite-wide single-sourcing.
In one of the few books addressing the topic of single sourcing, Single sourcing: Building modular documentation, Kurt Ament asserts that the single-sourcing process does not differ from the traditional documentation process in the beginning of a project.
JoAnn Hackos and Ann Rockley (1999), two early practitioners of the single-sourcing process, contend that single sourcing actually increases the scope of what writers do rather than narrowing it.
5 is the First Content Authoring Software to Support Four Language Interfaces in the Same Product; Flare Joins MadCap Mimic and MadCap Capture to Form MadPak, the First True Single-Sourcing Suite for Multi-Channel Publishing
5 is also a central component of MadPak, the first true single-sourcing suite for multi-channel publishing (see also today's press release announcing MadPak and Capture 2.
In the Foreword, Ament establishes his credibility by sharing information on the major single-sourcing projects he has been a part of, including a range of project sizes in a variety of industries.
His goal is to help technical writers achieve immediate success as well as continued success with their single-sourcing projects.
We seek contributions that go beyond merely defining and explaining single sourcing to explore the consequences of adopting a single-sourcing mindset in practice, education, or technical communication theory.
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