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How it Works

Quark XML Author remains invisible until a Word user tries to edit an existing XML document or create a new one. At that point, Quark XML Author slips in and modifies the operation of the user interface to correspond with XML requirements.

While many functions continue to operate normally, others change in subtle ways to give users appropriate choices to ensure they are creating correct XML.

How XML-based Publishing Works

There are four key aspects to setting up and using an XML-based authoring and publishing system:

1. Content model (DTD or XML Schema)
Before you start using Quark XML Author, you must first determine how you want to structure your information. This structure is defined by a "content model," which is either expressed as a Document Type Definition (DTD), or its newer and more powerful variation, an XML Schema. Many Quark customers use industry-standard content models such as Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), Structured Product Labeling (SPL), and DocBook. Quark provides out-of-the-box support for DITA and optional support for SPL.

2. Content storage
You can store your document components and publications on a local file server, but many companies store their content in a content management system (CMS) such as Microsoft SharePoint, IBM FileNet, or ECM Documentum. Using a CMS gives you extra levels of control, such as access control (to make sure only authorised users view and change content), version control (to make sure everyone works on the right version), and workflow control (task management and monitoring).

3. Customisation
If you need to produce publications that suit the needs of specific audiences, then you need to set up customisation. This involves three steps. First, you determine the criteria for selecting components (you can read more about this under Personalisation & Customisation). Second, you determine how individual components vary by using "filtering" to remove content that is irrelevant to the audience. And third, you set up the inclusion of data from sources such as databases and spreadsheets. Quark Publishing Platform offers capabilities to support customisation.

4. Publishing
The final step in producing publications is to create them in print, Web, digital, and/or other formats. For each format, you set up style sheets that describe how the publishing system will format each element in the document structure. Quark Publishing Platform offers extensive capabilities for cross-media publishing.

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What Analysts Are Saying:

"Quark XML Author provides knowledge workers with an easy XML authoring and content contribution tool, to improve productivity and reduce cycle time. The fact that this tool is for the mainstream — and not just for someone who knows XML — makes it that much more powerful, and positions Quark for increased success as a leader in the dynamic publishing market."

— Mukul Krishna, Global Director Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan