In the 1990s, many industry standards used SGML/XML as the basis for data modelling, significantly better than what had come before (office documents, etc.), machine-processible, but not human-friendly, Document Type Definitions (DTDs) were the only way of describing SGML documents.
Best practice for developing standards has moved on…Information models are now created using the Unified Modelling Language (UML). XML schemas are now the way most XML documents are described. “Model-driven” standards are now leading the way, multiple technology implementations (not just XML), easier for developers and others to understand (plus lots of tools).
When manuals are created for technical applications today, context drives the technologies that are used. Keeping data as non-proprietary as possible and contextually accessible, gives both the owner/creator and the user/reader, the ability to consume the information in whatever way they need to for best absorption.
We have created several manuals, using the DITA standard, specifically in the aviation industry, for the Part 135, Charter industry:
- General Operations Manual (GOM)
- General Training Manual (GTM)
- Will Carry Hazardous Materials (WCHM)
- Will Not Carry Hazardous Materials (WNCHM)
We have also created an Operations Manual for commercial drone operations:
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operational Manual
Ask us about our manuals!
We can also publishing your manuals! What output do you need? PDF? eBooks? HTML for the web?