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XML Features Added to Two Systems

Adobe and DocVerify clearly understand the importance of XML. Their latest products now allow you to use this structured markup language in more ways in your documents. Content creators and curators, rejoice.

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By: Terri Wells
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July 25, 2012

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Adobe and DocVerify clearly understand the importance of XML. Their latest products now allow you to use this structured markup language in more ways in your documents. Content creators and curators, rejoice.

In the case of Adobe, the company just came out with its Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 software. This single-source authoring and multi-device publishing toolkit helps technical writers, help authors and instructional designers create and manage content. This version streamlines standards-compliant content creation by natively supporting XML/Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).

In particular, you'll find XML/DITA support in one of the suite's many newly updated components, Adobe FrameMaker 11. As eWeek explains, “With Adobe FrameMaker 11, users can take advantage of lower transition costs and higher return on investment for migration to XML...content creators can natively author structured content using the new XML code view; enrich content with hotspots and enhanced 3D and video support; collaborate smarter and faster with PDF-based roundtrip review; and manage content with out-of-the-box CMS integration...”

If you're not quite ready to get into coding, even XML, don't worry. In addition to XML Code View, Adobe FrameMaker 11 offers two other views. Writers will appreciate the Author View. WYSIWYG View provides a simple desktop publishing view of the content as it's created.

Meanwhile, DocVerify, a vendor of electronic signature and E-Vault services, just released a new XML Data feature. It allow users to instantly add dynamic or custom data to elements within electronic signature documents using structured XML. This feature lets users send custom XML Data through DocVerify’s API suite, portal, or the DocVerify Easy Sign System.

The XML Data feature permits users to quickly create XML elements to add to document templates. These may include items such as a signer's name, address, or any other data. XML data like this may be usefully added to forms, lists, documents, contracts, and more – with very little effort, thanks to DocVerify's new feature. 

As DocVerify explains, “It’s very simple. After the system has been activated, you simply create your structured XML, and send that XML Data directly to DocVerify. Once DocVerify receives the XML Data, the system will go through the entire document and automatically populate those elements for you. Users don’t have to worry about learning anything new because DocVerify does everything for you.”

Users of DocVerify's Easy Sign System can, of course, also use this new XML Data feature. One merely needs to update the Iframe URL by adding the XML data, and DocVerify populates the elements automatically. Best of all, from the user's standpoint, one needs no additional programming knowledge to make this work.

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