Order Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. If you have been using DITA or are just joining the DITA community, this book provides you with the information you need to accomplish your goals. The user guide not only presents the basic methodology of DITA and its benefits for creating your information set but explains step-by-step how to author DITA XML topics, create maps for your deliverables, specialize DITA topics, and work through the production processing tasks.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, describes DITA as "an XML-based architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information. The architecture and a related DTD and a W3C-Schema was developed by IBM ... Unlike book-oriented approaches that are based on chapters and pages, DITA uses topics - small chunks of information that can be easily reused across various contexts and deliverables. DITA also has built-in extensibility support, meaning you can customize document type definitions (or DTDs) without breaking compatibility with existing applications and processes.
The Center for Information-Development Management is an organization of information-development, training, and support managers across the United States and internationally. The CIDM is directed by Dr. JoAnn Hackos, international leader in the management of the design, development and dissemination of information to customers and employees.
"The DITA OASIS Standard is a testament to the benefits of bringing an entire community together to develop an open standard. DITA was advanced by users of documentation, such as BMC, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Oracle, Sun, and the U.S. Department of Defense, working with product vendors like PTC, with input from consulting firms such as Innodata Isogen and others. A variety of perspectives on software development, application implementation, open source tools, training, and localization were incorporated into the open process.
"Comtech Services has been an active participant in the development of the DITA standard, helping to found the OASIS DITA Technical Committee with IBM and others. Dr. JoAnn Hackos and staff have provided support for DITA through conferences, workshops, and presentations worldwide. We believe that DITA represents a new international standard for the development of consistent, effective, and minimal technical information."