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Learn DITA 101

  • Learn DITA 101

    The DITA OASIS Standard defines an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing technical documentation in print and on the Web. DITA (commonly pronunced dit’-uh) builds content reuse into the authoring process for document creation and management.

    Topic-Based Authoring

    Focusing on a common topic model as a conceptual unit of authoring, DITA provides a core set of topic types derived from concept, task, and reference. DITA defines a specialization mechanism for extending markup to represent either new topic types or new domains of markup common across sets of topic types. DITA maps can combine topics into various kinds of deliverable. Content can be shared among maps or topics. Class-based processing ensures new specializations can be supported with existing tools, speeding the testing and adoption of new designs.

    With DITA, all content is inherently reusable. That’s because DITA’s strength lies in a unified content reuse mechanism that enables an element to replace itself with the content of a like element, either in the current topic or in a separate topic that shares the same content models.

    Supporting Multiple Deliverable and Publishing Channels

    DITA enables organizations to deliver content as closely as possible to the point-of-use, making it ideal for applications such as integrated help systems, web sites, and how-to instruction pages. DITA’s topic-oriented content can be used to exploit new features or delivery channels as they become available.

    DITA enables highly automatize processes, consistent authoring, and enhanced applicability to specific industries. Content owners benefit from industry support, interoperability, and reuse of community contributions. At the same time, content owners address the specific needs of their business or industry.

    Benefits

    DITA can be used to…

    • Enable effective information management
    • Improve information authoring models
    • Reuse content in different combinations for a variety of deliverable
    • Create online information systems, such as User Assistance (help) and learning modules (training)
    • Design minimalist books for easier authoring and use

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