XDocs is an enterprise class DITA CCMS (Component Content Management System). A CCMS manages data at a much more granular level than a Document Management System such as SharePoint. As a result it is far easier to reuse content across publications and documents. This in turn improves publication integrity and makes maintaining multiple publications with shared content easier. XDocs sits on a MySQL database and can store, manage, and curate any binary file type alongside the DITA XML.
XDocs addresses the multiple challenges that managing content at a component level presents. Open standards are used wherever possible, resulting in a system easily configured and maintained by our customers.
DITA relies on links such as <conref> for reuse of chunks of data, references, media, and much more. Therefore, it is vital to fully maintain all links as Topics are reused across products and publications. XDocs has market leading link management that supports the content throughout its entire lifecycle.
As an example of the power of XDocs link resolving capability; a February 2019 project required the importing of over 50,000 files which in turn had over 6,000 broken links – these were all resolved in under two minutes using the XDocs Resolve Links function.
Metadata is essential within a CCMS. Content reuse needs are now more complex, and so the content management challenge is more complex. With XDocs Extended Metadata Module you have the power to retrieve and deliver your content with precision.
With XDocs Extended Metadata Module (EM) you can harvest glossary terms from your DITA content straight into XDocs. Then, the EM Thesaurus will organize the terms according to your classification structure.
As a result, you can browse and search through content using terms, and you can also associate non DITA files with the terminology.