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Microcontent Architectures for DITA Deployments

Microcontent supports emerging technologies including chatbots and conversational user interfaces. One of the keys to intelligent microcontent is the ability to model content for the intended reader response. DITA goes a long way to modeling for intent, but finer-grained semantics are needed to take us the rest of the way.

Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Rob Hanna, Chief Information Architect with Precision Content Authoring Services for this free one-hour webinar. This technical session explores the key semantic structures developed by Precision Content to create, manage, and publish with microcontent to both traditional and emerging channels for delivery.

Participants will learn how to architect:

• typed blocks from DITA sections
• process- and principle-type structures, and
• sub-structures for modeling specific intents.

About Rob Hanna

Rob Hanna co-founded Precision Content in 2013 to change the way writers approach structured authoring. Having spent more than a decade helping organizations move to component content management he realized that most organizations need to take a step beyond technology and expert consultants. Without fostering the necessary standards and skills to work in this new media, organizations would continue to stall in their attempt to move to advanced information creation and management techniques, like structured authoring. With this knowledge, he developed the Precision Content® methods, tools, and training. Today, Rob and his team of experts help Precision Content clients make the move to structured authoring as seamless as possible.
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    • process- and principle-type structures, and
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