Distributed documents are special compound
with typically large contents, flexible structures, and
sophisticated publishing requirements.
Like virtual profiles,
their contents can be distributed.
They are also often characterized by authoring and contribution
Document size and structure
Document sizes can vary greatly, from simple cards to complex interactive reference
documents with thousands of pages. Processing distributed documents adds
performance, flexibility, and complexity issues to the standard
application resources and
virtual profile processing issues.
Documents also introduce additional publishing issues as they are often complex
and destined to publishing to various media, like interactive (ex: a web site)
and print, and different layouts.
Their publishing also usually involves some specific processing like generating
tables of content, indexes, bibliographies, glossaries, note references,
and segmenting into volumes, chapters, sections, etc, as well as navigation,
especially for interactive publishing.
Document tracking and work flow
As if this was not enough, they are often produced from
and contributions that increase work flow and tracking requirements.