Smart Structured Editor (SSE): a Web system for collaborative writing of technical documentation – 2nd meeting


Mon 12 Mar 2018

Event description

To allow all CRIT members to participate, we have scheduled a second edition of the February 13th event.

On Monday 12 March we will present Smart Structured Editor (SSE), a Web system for collaborative technical documentation writing, the result of collaboration between Alstom Ferroviaria Spa (Alstom) and the Digital And Semantic Publishing laboratory (DASPLab) of the Computer Science and Engineering department of the ‘University of Bologna.

Each project in which Alstom is involved requires the production and delivery of hundreds of technical documents. Often, for different projects, documents are produced that differ only in the cartouche or a little more. To define a process that allows, by appropriately structuring the documentation, to reduce time and costs for its production, Alstom turned to the DASPLab. of the University of Bologna. With them began a collaboration that led to the development of Smart Structured Editor (SSE), a Web system for collaborative writing of technical documentation, based on templating, change-tracking and document patterns.

SSE makes it possible to increase productivity in the production of these documents and their quality, reducing production costs. In fact, the system allows authors to easily create text documents with semantic and structural features that can be widely customized to the needs of the project, and at the same time widely homogeneous among different authors, based on fragments of text and structure shared and reused in a controlled manner and safe, and allows the monitoring of the evolution over time of these fragments and of the resulting documents, generating a result of adequate typographic quality.

SSE is based on a pattern-based document format called ADF and capable of capturing structural and semantic information about documents, and on modern Web technologies, such as HTML5 and NodeJS.

SSE is also a highly customizable tool, designed to be flexible and to generate, if required, documents using the DITA standard.

During the intervention a demo of SSE will be shown, with an emphasis on content reuse mechanisms and integration with existing formats and systems.

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