Archive - May 2008


task headings

When naming tasks, a technique I used and liked for a product I worked on was to name the heading “<noun>, <verb phrase>”.

My rationale is that users always know what object they are trying to work with, but they don’t always think with the same verbs in mind as the author. By putting the noun first, the tasks are automatically organized in the TOC by object and not by verb. The reader can then scan the TOC rather than having to read each task heading.

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DITA-OT Release

DITA Open Toolkit version

DITA-OT was released May 6, 2008. It is a patched version of DITA-OT 1.4.2 which fixes a problem with XHTML generated from the command line for the Eclipse Help System. Users that do not build output for Eclipse will see no difference between this version and the 1.4.2 version; users that build their output from within an Eclipse environment are also unaffected.

Release comes in three versions:

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DITA: Getting Started

Austin, TX
22 Jul 2008 - 08:30 - 23 Jul 2008 - 04:30
Event Type: 
Training Class

OASIS DITA Adoption Subcommittee

OASIS DITA Adoption Subcommittee members will collaborate to provide expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of the DITA OASIS Standard. By raising awareness of the benefits offered by DITA, the Subcommittee increases the demand for and availability of DITA conforming products and services, resulting in a greater choice of tools and platforms and expanding the DITA community of users, suppliers, and consultants.   

By advancing the adoption of DITA through OASIS, the Subcommittee members will

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DITAOT 1.4.2 and not resolved links to external PDF-s


I'm trying to publish DITA-map to PDF using DITAOT and RenderX - just a standard full installation, but my pdf-document inserted via <xref> doesn't appear in the final PDF - it wasn't copied into the OUT folder at all. Does anybody know is it possible to use cross-references to external pdfs just editing some settins; or xlst-s should be changed? Does DITAOT support external PDF-s in PDF-output?


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