DITA authoring is the role of the tech writers. Casual contributors, SMEs and others involved in the creation of technical documentation via review and approval of content want simplicity. They don’t want to have to learn the authoring applications used by the Technical Publication Team; besides this can mean licensing issues. Bluestream has a browser-based web application – WEX, which provides a Wiki-like user experience and requires no training to use.
WEX is a web-based app in the XDocs CCMS that enables review and contribution of DITA content on the web. The premise behind the app’s development was simple – no training or installation required. The target audience for this app is anyone who needs to be part of the content development lifecycle.
WEX tightly integrates with the Oxygen Web Editor. It can also easily support any other DITA web-based XML editor (such as Fonto XML, XEditor, etc.). WEX is role and workflow aware; as a result, the user is restricted to adding review mark-up to a particular set of topics. Also, the user may be permitted to create a new topic and upload new images to the repository. This allows for greater control during the creation of technical content within a particular workflow. Also, it does not restrict users from contributing meaningful content when great ideas arise outside of workflow. Furthermore, the WEX authoring experience is completely transparent with the interface resembling that of MS Word or a Wiki.