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 them free to focus on the technical content. Validation against the schema structure is automatic and all S1000D issues (both SGML and XML) 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 enables the author to work with several different projects without having to change configuration. Different text and characters which are output based on attribute codes can be stipulated for several projects and 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 ATA S1000D, Airbus A350 and A400 Business Rules. These configurations can be easily enabled via the user preferences.
Eclipse configuration files may be located on a network drive to allow 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, Lists of Figures and Tables and the References table can be automatically generated. In-line applicability statements and page effectivity blocks can be automatically generated as needed.
Data Reference Manager
The Data Reference Manager (DRM) allows you to store lists of Data Modules, Technical Publications, and other standard content for reuse throughout project content. Companies who don’t have a compliant Common Source Database (CSDB) can use the DRM to help with data input and be assured of consistency and control, for example when a spares table or data module reference is inserted. The DRM supports the addition of standard parts and other information for preliminary requirements sections, data module codes for references and support for identifying and inserting graphics. Multiple databases can be created to support different projects and the database is elected automatically based on key values from the data module code.
The database itself may be located on a network drive which allows multiple author projects to work with the same core information.
The Data Reference Manager is provided with the management functions necessary for the user to populate the Database from a spreadsheet without the need for a Database Application. Sample spreadsheet files are provided as examples.
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 where the CSDB provides suitable access functionality.
The Eclipse 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.
See our Eclipse S1000D for FrameMaker demonstration videos for short demos of specific parts of the application functionality.