April 16 Meeting: Reuse Strategies to Support the API-ification of Your Content
Thursday, 10 April 2014


Relying too heavily on inline links and other unstructured reuse make it difficult to deliver existing content in new ways, which is the promise of DITA. If you want to use snippets of content in glossary pop-ups, code completion tools, or make it available to downstream processes of any kind, you must have a strategy for reuse of small content units. Learn how we stopped relying on inline links as a core architectural structure for a large help set, and started carving up large files into smaller units.

Note: Mysti has spoken about letting go of inline links in the past. Inline links are a very small part of this wider talk on going from XML to truly structured content.


Mysti Berry was a Principal Content Strategist for salesforce.com for two years, and has returned to her roots as a technical writer as of April 2014. She has written enterprise software documentation for twenty years for companies as diverse as Sybase, Twentieth Century Fox, and salesforce.com. She's presented at several national conferences. Mysti holds a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Mysti lives in San Francisco.

The meeting will be held at Hub SoMa at 901 Mission St, Ste 105, between 5th and 6th Streets. See: http://www.stc-sf.org/stc-meeting-directions.htm.