For Microsoft Word users, publishing just got a little easier. Quark released Quark XML Author 4.0 for Microsoft Word, which allows users to more easily create structured XML content. It’s no secret that most content gets created in Word, so it’s only fitting that now you can intelligently create and publish with it, too.
Intelligent XML + Microsoft Word
Most notably, the release of Quark XML Author 4.0 introduces usability features, which help minimize the complexities of XML so organizations can best leverage the power of XML across all types of documents, platforms and departments. The following features ensure that Word users can more easily create intelligent XML content and without much technical training.
Quick Start Templates
By turning to custom starter documents for guidance, users can reduce training time, while improving their access to valuable resources such as instructions, examples, placeholders and other features. Display of guidance text can be toggled on and off.
What happens after the user creates an XML document, which makes it easy to see where to start
Users can replace XML elements with improved Word Styles, which are accessible through one keystroke, essentially eliminating the need to scroll through long lists of irrelevant styles to find what they want.
Quark XML Author uses the Word Style drop-down menu to show content types the author can insert
User-defined tags can be displayed as a table, which helps to pinpoint information discovery and governance.
This optional feature of the DITA Publishing Module is designed to provide feedback on how documents will appear based on different audiences and different target outputs such as print, Web or mobile devices.
Making Publishing Easier, Even If You Don't Know DITA
Quark XML Author 4.0 comes with enhanced support for DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture), an XML-based standard for authoring and sharing information. Quark XML Author allows users to create DITA in Word, which removes the technical complexities associated with DITA and allows non-technical users to create content without relying on technical experts.
For those familiar with DITA, the new and enhanced features will noticeably affect your work by making it easier to edit through a simple table of contents, or to link to stored topics in SharePoint without leaving Word.
But for those unfamiliar with DITA, they will enjoy being able to create intelligent XML content without much fuss, which in turn will help facilitate the publishing process to alleviate annoying workarounds and bottlenecks.
Quark XML Author will be available June 24.