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Single-sourcing refers to a writing process in which you create different deliverables from a single set of files.

Single-sourcing takes quite a bit of planning. However, if you do it right, you can create high-quality deliverables and save money and time.

The FrameMaker/WebWorks Publisher combination offers a cost effective, powerful way of delivering print, PDF, HTML, WinHelp, HTML help, and other online help formats from a single set of FrameMaker source files. This approach requires highly structured FrameMaker templates and a disciplined approach to writing, which makes it possible to deliver high-quality single-sourced deliverables.

In a single-sourcing workflow, you create a single set of files that contains all the information for both the printed and the online version, and use features such as conditional text—text that you tell your text development tool to show or hide based on tags that you apply to the text—to control which information appears in which deliverable.

It is quite possible to write content that works in several output formats. Extensive planning and using the right tools can give you complete control over the appearance of both printed and online materials.

The first step is to identify your information types:

For each information type, you need to identify which deliverables should include that information. You also have to consider navigation aids.

In the automatic single-sourcing process, FrameMaker enforces a strict adherence to a template. You'll use FrameMaker features such as paragraph tags, markers, and conditional text to build-in the customization that you need for a single-sourcing project. Matters to consider are:

WebWorks Publisher (WWP) uses the FrameMaker tags, such as paragraph, character, and table tags to determine the formatting used for the output. Basically, WWP replaces the FrameMaker tags with the tags needed for HTML, XML, or RTF.

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