Eclipse S1000D guides the Technical Author through the process of authoring content to the S1000D standard without the author needing to know the intricacies of the standard, leaving him free to focus on generating quality information. Validation against the allowed structure is automatic and the various S1000D SGML and XML Schema versions are fully supported. The author also has the choice to work in a tagged or a variety of WYSIWYG formatted modes.
Multiple Project Support
Eclipse S1000D for FrameMaker incorporates a mechanism which enables the application to work with several different projects. The text and characters which appear in the documents as a result of various elements and attributes can be stipulated for several projects. Users can easily undertake configuration for their specific projects. Switching between these different configurations is automatic and driven by built in detection of part of the Data Module Code.
Eclipse S1000D for FrameMaker is delivered with the default S1000D configuration. Eclipse is also delivered with the ability to work with the Airbus A350 and A400 Business Rules if this facility is enabled via the user preferences.
The various files may be located on a network drive to allow many authors to work with common configuration details thus enhancing consistency across a project.
Multiple Output Support
Eclipse S1000D harnesses both the power of FrameMaker as well as its own functionality to provide an unequalled set of formatting and output choices. Items like Table of Contents, List of Figures, Tables and Cross References can be automatically generated or deselected for specific types of document output. In-line applicability statements and page effectivity blocks can be automatically generated as needed as well as project or product specific attribute labels. Eclipse S1000D has been designed to give the highest possible quality output for PDF and print as outlined in the S1000D specification.
Data Reference Manager
An Access database is provided with the S1000D solution to enhance the user experience and maximize authoring efficiency. The database allows you to store lists of Data Modules, Technical Publications, etc. This means companies who don’t have a compliant Common Source Database (CSDB) are still assured of consistency and control when a spares table or cross reference is inserted. Linking to a third party CSDB is also possible. The storage of Supplies, Spares and Support Equipment details in the database is also designed in which allows for rapid construction of the associated tables in Procedural and other Data Modules.
The database may be located on a network drive which allows multiple author projects to work with the same base information.
CSDB Connection Layer
As part of the application Mekon has developed an interconnectivity layer which permits connection to Common Source Database applications from Third Parties. This interconnectivity layer permits Mekon to rapidly develop connections to other CSDB applications provided the suppliers of these will provide the means of accessing the underlying database.
The plug-in technology allows project specific add-ons to be developed that will allow additional formatting rules to work alongside or overwrite the S1000D formatting required, this has already be done for projects like Tiger, JSF and Hark.