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severin.foreman

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I have a similar situation at my company. I agree that using Select Specialized DTD is not an option for medium to large sized teams.

What I do is bundle all the customization files in a .zip. I wrote a DITA OT plugin to retrieve the .zip from a shared network location, extract the files, and copy the files to the appropriate locations. Becuase the files in the .zip are in the same folder structure as the files in the XMetaL installation, everything is copied to the correct location. I developed a .bat script to call the plugin, so when I release updates, all writers need to do is run the .bat file.

It was a fair amount of work to set up and test, but it has worked well for the team. You might be able to acheive the same ends using a .bat script or some other scripting language if you don't want to use an OT plugin.

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