Michael Priestley's blog
I'll be running a user clinic at UCSC with Elizabeth Wilde, from Feb 9th to March 15th. The basic idea of the clinic is to let existing DITA users share the details of their DITA deployment with other users, and get feedback both from each other and from the instructors, myself and Elizabeth Wilde.
Because of the nature of the course, in which each participant takes a turn at presenting their project, enrollment is very limited, although I think there are still some spots open. You can get more details here:
Just wanted to draw folks' attention to a new Eclipse project: Vex, a visual XML editor.
While they mention DITA as one of the goals for the project, I'm not sure that they have DITA skills currently on the contributing team, so I know they could use help.
If you're using Eclipse currently for DITA, or just like the idea of an open-source visual editor for DITA, I encourage you to go over and contribute your support in whatever way you can: encouragement, ideas, and most importantly the skills and time to help develop and document the new project.
Imagine this scenario:
- A teacher wants to create some customized lesson materials, starting from Wikipedia
- They open an editor, type in the name of a wikipedia article, and start dragging and dropping content and images into a new article with just the content they want
- They selectively combine and edit the content from several articles into new articles which can be organized around themes
There's a pilot project out of Lotus using DITA for dynamic content publishing, and you can also see the DITA source for any of the content in the project. You can search DITA source and return maps and topics. You can turn a search result list into a map that you can publish as HTML or PDF, or you can use a shopping cart mode to select content from multiple searches and create a more custom map for publishing to PDF or HTML.
I'll be teaching a course remotely through UCSC starting in February - details are here: