Technology trends in the documentation lifecycle

Integration of documentation editing, processing, managing, and publishing technologies with other technologies in the product lifecycle drives many of the current trends in the documentation lifecycle. Customizing documentation to meet customer requirements (for example, translation) is also extremely important. "Keeping writers happy" with tools they have grown comfortable using over time is relatively unimportant in the larger scheme of things.

Some of the key trends of the documentation lifecycle are listed in the following figure.