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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.

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Creating content

When creating new content, you have several choices about what type of content you want to add to this website.  Currently these are the supported content types.  Note that a 'book page' is equivalent to the 'wiki' concept.
  • book page A book is a collaborative writing effort: users can collaborate writing the pages of the book, positioning the pages in the right order, and reviewing or modifying pages previously written. So when you have some information to share or when you read a page of the book and you didn't like it, or if you think a certain page could have been written better, you can do something about it.

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Blast Radius

"While DITA was conceived for tech pubs, its benefits make it well-suited for other types of content, particularly the kinds of granular, customer-facing content that we typically see on the web.   For example, product or services descriptions, reviews, and FAQs are inherently topic-oriented, but today are implemented in ad hoc or proprietary formats. Companies can benefit using DITA specializations for these types of content through streamlined flow of content within and across enterprises and between systems, and the lower costs of localization.  And because of these benefits, we expect to see DITA applied to a number of scenarios, such as e-Learning, CRM, and e-Service.  We may even see industry-specific DITA specializations for enabling unstructured content interchange between trading partners, such as the syndication of product descriptions between manufacturers and retailers."

-- Paul Wlodarczyk, Director, ECM Strategy, Blast Radius Inc.

Welcome to the DITA XML.org Focus Area.

This is the official community gathering place and information resource for the DITA OASIS Standard.

DITA builds content reuse into the authoring process, defining an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing many kinds of information in print and on the Web. The standard is advanced through an open process by the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, a group that encourages new participation from developers and users.

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