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Hour 24. Smart Documents and XML > An XML Walkthrough

An XML Walkthrough

There are a myriad of ways in which you might encounter XML files and Smart Documents, and it would be impossible to cover all of them. One likely possibility, however, is that your company will make the decision to start using XML and you will be asked to help with this process. This section uses this scenario to walk you through using Word 2003 to perform some common XML-related tasks. If you are not facing the prospect of converting documents to XML yourself and don't feel a need to investigate the XML-related nooks and crannies of the Word interface, you can skip to the “Where to Go Next” section at the end of this hour. If, however, you have been, or think you might be, asked to do some of this work, you will probably want to read this section and poke around the Word interface as you go.

To set the scene for this section, let's say you are a tech writer at a software company, and one of your tasks is to prepare technical notes for your field engineers and customers. The technical notes are usually distributed via your Web site and on paper at trade shows. Until now, you have used a Word template for these documents and have managed them by hand, tracking when the software they describe changes, tracking new releases of the software, getting approval for drafts, determining whether a technical note is ready to be publicly released, and so on.


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