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
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
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
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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™
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