Electronic Elegance: Document Management Using Internet Technologies

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Pierce, Steven M.; Schultz, Thomas R.   (1998, ASQ)   American Steel Foundries, Chicago, IL

Annual Quality Congress, Philadelphia, PA    Vol. 52    No. 0
QICID: 10704    May 1998    pp. 336-343
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Article Abstract

A web-based document management system is efficient because of its low cost, security, ability to handle text and nontext information, and the ease with which one can generate platform independent files. Web servers and browsers are available for many computer platforms, including UNIX, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, and MS-DOS. Some of this software is free, though server prices run as high as $50,000. The two most common web file creators are HTML (hypertext mark-up language) and PDF (portable document format) creators. HTML files can be created with text editors, word processors, and other software products that readily add HTML tags to text files. PDF files are created with products like Adobe Acrobat. The document management system also might need FTP (file transfer protocol) software to move files between computers. Management and deployment issues related to developing this documentation system include: selection of a development method, such as rapid prototyping or waterfall; establishing a file naming convention; considering the addition of a search engine or an integrated document management system; and user training. This paper includes brief histories of computer networking, browsers, and HTML, as well as a brief overview of networks and network protocols.

Keywords

Computers,Documentation,Software,Technology,World wide web (WWW)


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