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The Start-to-Finish, Best-Practice Guide to Implementing and Using DITA
Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is today’s most powerful toolbox for constructing information. By implementing DITA, organizations can gain more value from their technical documentation than ever before. Now, three DITA pioneers offer the first complete roadmap for successful DITA adoption, implementation, and usage.
Drawing on years of experience helping large organizations adopt DITA, the authors answer crucial questions the “official” DITA documents ignore, including: Where do you start? What should you know up front? What are the pitfalls in implementing DITA, and how can you avoid them?
The authors begin with topic-based writing, presenting proven best practices for developing effective topics and short descriptions. Next, they address content architecture, including how best to set up and implement DITA maps, linking strategies, metadata, conditional processing, and content reuse. Finally, they offer “in the trenches” solutions for ensuring quality implementations, including guidance on content conversion.
Knowing how and when to use each DITA element—and when not to
Writing “minimalist,” task-oriented information that quickly meets users’ needs
Creating effective task, concept, and reference topics for any product, technology, or service
Writing effective short descriptions that work well in all contexts
Structuring DITA maps to bind topics together and provide superior navigation
Using links to create information webs that improve retrievability and navigation
Gaining benefits from metadata without getting lost in complexity
Using conditional processing to eliminate redundancy and rework
Systematically promoting reuse to improve quality and reduce costs
Planning, resourcing, and executing effective content conversion
Improving quality by editing DITA content and XML markup
If you’re a writer, editor, information architect, manager, or consultant involved with evaluating, deploying, or using DITA, this book will guide you all the way to success.
Also see the other books in this IBM Press series:
Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors
The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors