Presented by Joe Gollner at Documentation and Training West, May 6-9, 2008 in Vancouver, BC
Among the key features of third generation standards such as DITA and S1000D is the emphasis placed on managing small, self-sufficient, topic-based and multi-purpose units of content as opposed to monolithic single-role structures. Once this state of modularity is achieved one of the key considerations to be effectively addressed is how all the pieces will be assembled to create finished products that precisely meet user requirements. While often presented otherwise, this is not a necessarily straightforward step. At the end of the day, Humpty Dumpty must be put back together again.