Amber Swope Brings Documents to Life

In a blog for Content Convergence & Integration 2008, Emma Lauder writes, "I was able to sit in on Amber Swope's presentation regarding XML and DITA technologies. Amber is a Principal Consultant at Just Systems Inc. Where was Amber a few years back when I was new to the idea of XML? Her concise and clear explanation of this language was awesome, as was her one-minute summary of DITA. I know from some people I sat with, that she really helped to clarify some of these technologies.

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X-Pubs Kicks Off 2008 DITA and CMS Webinar Series

X-Pubs are delighted to announce our annual webinar series re-starting for 2008!

Each year leading up to and following the X-Pubs Annual Conference (June 22-24th) we run a series of educational webinars on DITA, Component CMS, XML and related technologies.

This year's conference is all about XML and the Customer Experience - how can we use DITA, Web 2.0 and advanced delivery methods to do something not only for ourselves, but the actual clients?

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Back to DITA?

In his OneManWrites blog, Gordon McLean writes, "I think the DITA standard is an excellent one for software documentation and the DITA movement is slowly catching up to the hype. I’ve never given up on DITA and had always planned to use it as the basis for the next stage of our content development, and as it happens the switch to a full DITA/CMS based solution may be closer than I had anticipated.

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Audience and Task Analysis for DITA OT

The DITA OT user guide (authored by Dick Johnson and Anna van Raaphorst) is an excellent reference and has tons of useful information. It's one of the best references on the DITA OT. Sometimes, however, I feel that it's sheer size is a challenge for users, especially first-timers. We as a community need to help improve the existing DITA OT documentation by making it more user-friendly. Both Anna and Dick are busy and I have volunteered to reorganize the user guide and possibly break it down into smaller ones targeted by specific audience groups.

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DITA Topic Specialization

Many great resources are available to
explain the mechanics and syntax of specializing the standard DITA DTDs
for your content—for example, Michael Priestley's Specializing topic types in DITA and Eliot Kimber's DITA specialization.
However, I didn't see any that walk readers through the process of
reviewing their existing content, evaluating its fit with the various
DITA topic types, and then designing and building a DITA specialization
around the needs and structure of their content, so I wrote the IBM
developerWorks tutorial DITA topic specializatio

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