Carolyn Brown outlined several major changes to the methods and processes of editing and publishing during her presentation to EAC members on Wednesday, September 18. These changes include the widespread trend to collaborative authoring and revision through single-sourcing and the increasing reliance upon structured content through the use of XML.
Carolyn’s coverage of trends and tools in content management systems (CMSs), desktop publishing software, and editorial applications such as plug-ins and XML editing software was well-received by the audience, and significant commentary and questions ensued.
Her emphasis on the impact that these changes have on our work included the realities of dynamic rewriting by authors and the resulting need for continuous review and revisions by editors. These realities are affected by the stages in the workflow in which we become involved and the technologies in use. The use of version control software was also discussed.