A Summer Read for S1000D Lovers

If you implement S1000D, then you also work with S1000D business rules. You either have to create them or follow them, or both.

The S1000D specification is several thousand pages long, has several tenths of XML Schema and as many objects to support its use in any of the download packages at www.s1000d.org.

And if you try to address the Business Rules Decision Points (BRDP) and define your project’s or organization’s business rules you will see that you will have to address 427 in S1000D Issue 4.2, 552 in Issue 4.1 and over 700 in Issue 4.0.1.

That sounds pretty overwhelming, doesn’t it?

Susanne Berg from Mekon Ltd suggested about two years ago that I write short articles for their blog category called “Bitesize Business Rules.” I agreed and discovered that writing in little bits about business rules, did make the topic less overwhelming and more understandable. With Mekon’s permission, I have gathered all the articles published there, revised, and had them professionally edited. And today, I have published a little book with the title brDoc, BREX, and Co.: S1000D Business Rules Made Easier.

Based on the feedback to the articles of the “Bitesize Business Rules” series, the bite-sized articles on business rules can help you to “taste” and “digest” one aspect of S1000D business rules (and to some extent also implementation) at a time.

I hoped to make the book available before the S1000D User Forum that will take place in New Orleans this year on September 10-13.

And first I thought the title of this post could be a good joke, but now I think such a book could be “digested” even better when you read it in an atmosphere a bit remote from the actual work. While at it, you could get a new perspective on the complex and multi-dimensional topic of S1000D business rules.

If you read this far, then I invite you to check out the description of this little book here.