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About Content Mapper


How does Content Mapper get high quality XML from Microsoft Word? 

Content Mapper takes control of the Microsoft Word interface and only allows the use of elements that are permitted by the schema. The result is ease of use for the author and implementation of standards-based publishing. The Microsoft XML is not driven by schemas or DTD’s. It does everything, but constrains nothing, leaving the organization short of its goals of achieving the advantages of XML for single source and multi-channel publishing while controlling authoring and publishing.

What are the advantages of Content Mapper over traditional XML editors like XMetal, Arbortext Editor, Structured Framemaker and XML Spy? 

Content Mapper allows the author to work in the familiar Microsoft Word-based environment.  The environment is WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) and the author never has to see the underlying XML. Ease of use, cost, ease of implementation, and time to results are key advantages.

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Why are you selling Content Mapper for about half of the list price of competing XML editors? 

We are trying to help the industry achieve wide-scale adoption of XML and we believe that the two primary roadblocks to enterprise adoption have been the cost of the products, ease of use, and the cost of required support from technical staff.  These issues have been addressed in a way that will make large scale adoption of XML-based authoring simple and effective.  XML is not rocket science.  Content Mapper is very easy to learn and use, so our objective is “simply xml.”

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Technical Aspects


Can I work offline with Content Mapper? 

Yes.  If you are working with Content Mapper's personal repository on your local computer, then you can store and publish content offline. If you use Content Mapper to connect to a remote CMS or repository, then you can save existing documents from the repository to the .cmdoc format and open and edit them locally. You can also create a new document in .cmdoc format locally, and later open and save it to your remote CMS or repository when you are online.

Will Content Mapper support custom metadata and custom publishing requirements?

Yes.  It is very easy to support your own metadata attached to either the personal repository or through a link to the metadata in your corporate CMS.  Custom publishing requirements are supported in a publishing wizard or with the straightforward development of custom stylesheets.

Will Content Mapper work on a Mac?

Yes.  While Content Mapper is designed to run on a PC, if a Mac runs XP or Windows 7 in a virtual machine, Content Mapper will have all the same functionality.

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About Content Mapper and Content Management Systems


What are the advantages of using SharePoint with Content Mapper? 

Most large and medium-sized enterprises already use SharePoint as a repository.  Using SharePoint, implementation of single source and multi-channel publishing can be phased in with little incremental software repository investment.  With Microsoft’s ongoing development and enhancement efforts, its wide acceptance as a repository, and the large number of organizations supporting it, the decision to use SharePoint will prove prudent for the long run.

Our SharePoint partners can meet your needs by developing and integrating work flows, recommending and developing style sheets and other publishing structures, and defining and implementing required metadata tagging.

By integrating Content Mapper with SharePoint you will enable your authors to take advantage of the power of SharePoint as a Content Repository and Content Management System without leaving the familiar Microsoft tools.

Can I store content authored in XML in CMS products like Documentum, LiveLink, SQL server, etc? 

It is very easy to store content created in Content Mapper in any repository.  A relatively simple services engagement will allow Content Mapper to display your customized CMS workflow, versioning and metadata information.

My organization stores XML in one of the lesser known Content Management Systems.  Can you help? 

With the improved architecture of Microsoft .Net 3.5, integration with a different CMS can be accomplished through a relatively straight forward services engagement. We have integrated to repositories using Web Services, REST Services, CMIS, and WebDAV.

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About Content Mapper and DITA


What is DITA and why are you focused on it? 

DITA is a rapidly emerging standard for all kinds of documentation and business documents.  DITA promotes topic-based writing and facilitates the implementation of single source authoring and multi-channel publishing.  Simply XML also offers a high quality instructor-led, web-based training course to simplify the transition to DITA.  DITA is being promoted by companies like IBM, Intel, and Adobe and is favorably supported by research houses including CIDM, the Rockley Group and Gilbane Group. DITA is an open standard and there are tools, information and a practice community supporting its implementation.

What is “Simply DITA?” 

Simply DITA is a document structure for Simply XML's Content Mapper authoring software. It takes advantage of the DITA XML standard without burdening the average writer with viewing XML code or dealing with hundreds of extraneous DITA elements.  Within our Microsoft Word-based XML authoring tool, we have implemented enough elements to allow writers to easily create DITA topics, tasks, concepts, references, DITA Maps and Bookmaps.  With support for the DITA Open Tool Kit, publishing is easy and inexpensive.  The Simply DITA document structure is targeted at authors in smaller documentation groups and casual authors in much larger organizations.

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What is “Simply Structured?” 

Simply Structured is a document structure for Simply XML's Content Mapper authoring software. It is document-oriented, and allows authors to create large documents from hierarchical structure. Simply Structured is targeted at authors who think in terms of documents rather than topics and supports people who have been training in Information Mapping™.

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