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 Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals

What is an Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM)?
Over the past several years, publishers of technical manuals have been moving away from the traditional concept of these publications as paper-based books. Many companies are now delivering their technical data via Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) or Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETPs).

The first level of IETMs are delivered electronically, but are still characterized by a book-oriented presentation, with chapter, section, page structure and “page-turning” type of functionality. As technology progressed, additional features such as hyperlinks within the “book” were added. These book-oriented IETMs are generally categorized as either “Class I”, “Class II”, or “Class III”, depending on the level of functionality provided.

The next level of IETMs, known as “Class IV”, created a new approach that was a significant departure from the traditional book structured publications. Instead of presenting information according to page-oriented structures, Class IV IETMs are centered on a “data-driven” presentation of information, where technical content elements (parts listings, drawings, diagrams, etc.) are generated and displayed “on-the-fly” from an underlying database containing data module elements.

The advantage in the IETM Class IV authoring process is that these data modules in the database can be reused in several different places within a single publication, and even across multiple publications. The result is a more dynamic approach to how technical data is presented and managed on an ongoing basis, with the added benefit of the time and cost savings associated with reusing data, rather than recreating it each time.

IETMs are generally created based upon leading publication standards such as S1000D™.

Learn More About IETMs and IETPs
We have a highly skilled staff experienced in Technical Publications and Engineering Data Conversion Services to support delivery of Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals. Our team is actively involved in the development of leading publications standards such as S1000D™, and can consult with you to evaluate your technical publications projects.

We also support development and maintenance of IETM content management solutions, including the Data Renaissance Suite™ and Wiring Illuminator Web™ applications.

Contact us to learn how your company may benefit from Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals.

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