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White Paper: Component Content Management in Practice: Meeting the Demands of the Most Complex Content Applications by Bill Senior Analyst Trippe

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The MRU Question

In addition to providing a format-neutral data structure, XML encoding of the content also can support reuse by providing a ready mechanism for dividing the content into logical elements or components. For example, a repair manual for a transmission could be divided into various tasks; a parts catalog could be divided by part number, part description, and so on. Analysts and consultants have used terms like “minimum reusable unit” or MRU to describe the level at which content is logically stored for maximum efficiency. This MRU will differ from enterprise to enterprise, but the decision is largely driven by practical considerations such as how the content is written, edited, updated, distributed, and shared with partners.

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