Just posting some URLs I promised to:
- My workshop and specialization presentations and demo files are now uploaded to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dita2006/files/
- My interview on MyTechnologyLawyer is available at http://www.mytechnologylawyer.com/media/radio_060325.asx (I'm somewhere I'm in the middle)
- Also got a podcast interview at http://www.intentionaldesign.ca/index.php/weblog/blogcentre/michael_priestley_talks_dita/ (I spend most of the time talking about maps because I think they're cool)
Still trying to figure out what to call the conference... maybe I'll have it figured it out by next year.
My initial commitment to daily blogging during the conference pretty much fell apart along with my psyche after day 2. For anyone who saw my presentation on day 3 and thought it made sense, it's probably only because we were all in the same sleep-deprived, adrenaline-fuelled, caffeine-overloaded state of laser-light-show synaesthesia, and it won't make sense again until next year.
That said, the presentation seemed to be well-received, and I always enjoy doing a practical demo of specialization just because it utterly deflates both hype and counter-hype: you can do it in an hour, it works, it's just a technique and the mechanics are actually pretty simple.
The day kicked off with Susan Carpenter of IBM - one of DITA's first real users, and a big influence on its evolution - talking about process, and how DITA maps can be used to distribute workload among writers, manage reviews, manage translation - in her words, the maps become the process currency of the team. As always an excellent presentation with lots to chew on.
The highlight was Norm Walsh's speech on DITA and DocBook. He noted that they do they have different characteristics: DocBook is large but very flexible, DITA is more constrained and explicitly focused on topic-based authoring. All good so far.
Endings always signal new beginnings. As the DITA 2006 conference draws to a close, its time to reflect on the meta lessons that are emerging from the presentations, discussions, and experiences.
Many thanks to Kay Ethier for hosting this conference. The facilities have all been good for the sessions and breakouts. And RTP has many interesting venues (food and entertainment) to offer the traveller who has some spare time and can find their way to these destinations. I got to hear the Robbie Reid Band do a rendition of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing" that was truly poignant--and great blues from those bros.
I'm on an Internet--oh oh--Radio:
Today started out differently for some of us. Due to some scheduling issues, I ended up being the first guest on the "Live from DITA 2006" MyTechnologyLawyer.com radio show with Scott Draughon. A picture below shows Dave Schell on his stint, with Scott Abel in the foreground directing the remote studio activities here. What a trip! I think we did a good job, and Abel says that the connections were filled right from the start. If you were unable to tune in live, remember that these shows are recorded and you can listen to them later.