XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) are powerful methods for the display of technical data. They identify the components of a document and organize the content based on standards. DTDs or schemas provide and enforce the rules of document structure based on those standards. HEBCO is experienced with S1000D, DITA, and numerous MIL-STDs.
XML (w3c XML 1.0) and SGML (ISO 8879) are international standards. XML and SGML data is non-proprietary and platform independent. With XML and SGML, your computer hardware and software may change, but your data is still good. This means that if you want to port your data over to a new technology, the XML or SGML data will still work on the new system - no need to re-author.
XML and SGML are designed to control the technical data content. That means format of the data can be managed separately from the content which facilitates the re-use or repurposing of your data. Your technical engineers only have to provide data input to one source repository, but with that single-source repository you can generate paper, PDF, IETMs, web delivery, and more, often at the click of a button. HEBCO is also an industry leader for authoring and writing Technical Publications in XML and SGML.
HEBCO has specific expertise in the following related technologies:
XML Schemas (XSD)
Arbortext Command Language
Arbortext Styler Stylesheets
Use of a "single source" SGML or XML data file not only enhances the usability of your data but also reduces the life-cycle maintenance costs of your documentation. Taking the step forward to use SGML/XML for your data will provide you with all the format outputs you have today, but it will also prepare your organization to take advantage of formats that will be developed in the future.
HEBCO has the expertise to support your document management needs in this area. We are industry leaders in SGML- and XML-related standards and specifications.