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Title: Interactive Electronic Technical Manual IETM Issues The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


1
Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM)
IssuesThe Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Presented by Don Reynolds ManTech Advanced
Systems International Incorporated CALS Expo 1997
2
Electronic Documentation is the WAVE of the
Future...
  • How can we best ride this wave in the world of
    Technical Manuals???

3
ETM/IETM Specifications and Standards
  • MIL-PRF-87268/9 (U.S. DOD)
  • Metafile for Interactive Documents (Navy)
  • MIL-STD-2361 (Army)
  • MIL-PRF-28001C with IED OS (CALS)
  • AECMA 1000D (European Aircraft Mfg.)
  • ATA 2100 (Air Transport Association)
  • STEP Product Documentation (ISO)

4
IETM Standardization
We want neutral data (e.g. SGML), but what is
neutral???
IETM DTDs generally include dynamic constructs
that require specialized (i.e. unique) authoring
and presentation systems
5
TM/ETM/IETM Types/Classifications
  • Army and Air Force Data Types
  • Type A, B, B, C
  • Navy (CDNSWC) Classes
  • Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • JCALS Classes
  • 1000 Class (1300, 1500, 1700)
  • 2000 Class (2300, 2500, 2700)
  • 3000 Class (3500)

6
Cost of Converting Hardcopy
7
Difference Between ETMs and IETMs
  • An IETM asks questions and responds accordingly
    to user-provided answers
  • An IETM employs programmatic constructs within
    the authored data for dynamic presentation to the
    user
  • variables/expressions
  • conditional branching
  • context-dependent filtering

8
Troubleshooting Flowchart
Check for
Excessive
Port Leakage
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Is Guide
Binding
Yes
9
Hardcopy Requirements
BEWARE
  • Producing both IETMs and traditional hardcopy TMs
    from the same data is generally more difficult as
    ETM Class increases
  • May be necessary
  • Power outages, transportability, readability
    (large drawings and schematics)

10
FACTS
  • The availability of COTS products that support an
    IETM specification/standard is inversely
    proportional to the complexity of that
    specification/standard
  • Most vendors are becoming less interested in DOD
    requirements and more interested in making
    products that work over Web

Important!!
11
IETMs and the WWW
  • Web shows a high degree of user interoperability
    is achievable
  • Data formats may be proprietary but the actual
    data is accessible via Web browsers

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Network-centric IETM Scenario
Networked User Machines with a Standard User Inter
face
Key Components
Communications protocols Linking and
addressing Standard user interface
ETM/IETM Servers and Databases
15
Predicting The Future
Technology is moving towards a networked,
integrated environment
Nothing else is certain...
  • The operating systems and protocols
  • will evolve correspondingly
  • This conflicts with IETM system
  • solutions which generally operate
  • in stand-alone mode at runtime

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