Change tracking

Change tracking is a feature in authoring environments, allowing writers, editors, publication managers and other involved parties to see how content has changed over time and who made the changes. The degree to which detailed changes can be followed and traced are related to both the capabilities of the authoring environment and the degree to which the content is structured.

When tracking changes in a structured content environment, the level of detail to tracked changes is more granular and is structured itself. In a simple word-processing tool, editors would need to parse and keep track of comments in a non-hierarchical way. In contrast, in a Structured Content Authoring (SCA) tool – comments themselves are created and stored in a structured way – making it very easy to create, edit, search, and manage comments and, ultimately, not lose any comment or revision that was made. An SCA tool is ideal for organizations that handle high volumes of information that must be audit-ready.

Example use cases

Create and maintain audit-ready documents from the start

Respond easily and quickly to audit questions

Keep a high traceability level for all medical device documentation content

Maintain an accurate history of changes even after products are retired and the documentation is archived

Key benefits

  • Easily understand from a glance who made what changes, when and where
  • Have a super granular view of comments, reviews and revisions made to your documentation
  • See the full history of all changes made from the creation to the present date
  • Go back in time to see how the document looked at a specific date and time