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JustSystems Announces Growth of Partner Program

JustSystems Announces Growth of Partner Program

 Astoria , IXIASOFT and Scriptorium sign on as newest certified members

 PALO ALTO, California — March 26, 2007 — JustSystems, Inc., a leading global enterprise software company, today announced three important additions to its Partner Program.

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DITA Storm Online Editor

From the DITA Storm Dev Team:

DITA Storm website is now featuring a free online DITA XML editing service.

Using regular web browser author can create/modify DITA documents stored on the local drive. Online editor is free, requires no installation or registration. Just open your web browser and start authoring DITA documents. Current service runs pre-release version 2.0 of the DITA Storm editor.

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Dynamic Content Delivery using DITA

DITA is the hottest thing to have hit the technical publishing world in a long time. With its topic-based approach to authoring, DITA frees you from the need to think in terms of "books", and lets you focus on the underlying information. This new industry whitepaper from Flatirons Solutions and Mark Logic defines a new publishing paradigm, which we will call dynamic content delivery.

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The 2006 Year in Review for DITA

by Don Day, Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect

The OASIS DITA standard:
The current standard is at DITA 1.0.  During 2006, committee work was focused on developing the proposed DITA 1.1 features (see "Roadmap for DITA development" at Just last month, the committee released a Public Review draft for DITA 1.1, which is expected to be approved later this year.

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Tutorial: Specializing DITA Conditional Attributes

by W. Eliot Kimber

A new feature in DITA 1.1 is the ability to specialize from the base= and props= attributes. For conditional processing, this lets you add your own attributes rather than using otherprops=, which can be clearer to authors and implementors. Note that at the time of writing the DITA Open Toolkit does not implement support for specializations of props=, but it should be added soon.

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