The description has been changed to accommodate the addition of componentized content management, which is quickly becoming a standard approach for producing technical documentation.
The contexts and practices of technical communication have changed significantly since this course was originally developed:
Economically, technical communication practice has been shaped by the drive for efficiency and economy. Organizations are now interested in writing that can be reused and repurposed across documents that address different audiences and situations.
Organizationally, technical communication practice has been shaped by the need to integrate with large teams of people who are distributed, both disciplinarily and geographically. This exigence results in writing that must speak to multiple audiences and situations while remaining free enough of context to enable global circulation, translation, and localization.
The overall result is that technical communication often no longer looks like a solitary author laboring over a technical document, bringing it from blank page to finished product. Instead, the technical communicator is one who must write and edit, curate and structure content, as well as design and manage the ways that technical content is outputted.
The "advanced technical communication" to which the title of this course points still requires skill with writing and editing and document design but also now practices of content management, componentized writing, and structural markup. The changes to the 517 course content reflect these shifts in technical communication practice.