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The DITA Open Toolkit

The DITA Open Toolkit, or DITA-OT for short, is a set of Java-based, open source tools that provide processing for DITA maps and topic content. You can download the OT and install it for free on your computer to get started with topic-based writing and publishing. Note: while the DITA Standard itself is owned and developed by OASIS, the DITA Open Toolkit is an independent, open source implementation of the standard.


The best place to request enhancements to the DITA Open Toolkit is by opening a Request For Enhancement (RFE) in the RFE tracker at the DITA-OT Project page:

General Information

Discussion topics

Developer information

Developers and vendors using the toolkit are encouraged to join the dita-ot-developer mailing list. This list is used to discuss upcoming changes that may impact developers or vendors:

Active contributors

The toolkit was originally developed within IBM, but was contributed to SourceForge in 2005 and has been updated significantly since that time. Significant contributors include (but are not limited to):

  • Robert D Anderson (IBM) - developer and current project lead
  • Jason (Jian Le Shen, IBM) - primary developer within IBM
  • Jarno Elovirta (Citec Information) - Java and XSLT developer
  • Rob Justice - DITA-OT Documentation
  • Eric Sirois (IBM) - contributor for several chunks of Eclipse and indexing related code
  • Aryeh Sanders and Reuven Weiser (Suite Solutions) - responsible for PDF output using the PDF2 transform
  • ...

Previous contributors

  • Don Day (IBM) - Original project lead
  • Stephen Zhang (IBM) - Primary developer through the first several years of the toolkit
  • Deborah Pickett (Moldflow) - Frequent developer and contributor
  • Chris Wong - original contributor of the PDF2 plugin
  • Dick Johnson and Anna van Raaphorst (VR Communcations, Inc) - Original contributors of the DITA User Guide

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