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  • Sprache: Englisch
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  • ISBN-13: 978-0132480529
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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. How can you avoid those pitfalls?


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.


Coverage includes: 

  • 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 who evaluates, deploys, or uses 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

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Laura Bellamy is an Information Architect at VMware, Inc. and a technical communications instructor at University of California Santa Cruz Extension. Laura has been a long-time DITA champion, working at IBM during the adoption and proliferation of DITA. Throughout her career, she has worked on many facets of DITA implementation and now dreams in XML. Michelle Carey is a technical editor at IBM and a technical communications instructor at University of California Santa Cruz Extension. Michelle has taught IBM teams and users' groups about best practices for authoring in DITA, topic-based writing, writing for translation, editing user interfaces, and writing effective error messages. She is also a coauthor of the book Developing Quality Technical Information. Michelle loves to ride motorcycles and mountain bikes, herd cats, and diagram sentences. Jenifer Schlotfeldt is a project leader, information developer, and technical leader at IBM and a technical communications instructor at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension. She has been authoring, testing, and teaching DITA since 2003. She has converted documentation to DITA, authored new content in DITA, contributed to new DITA specializations, and created many training materials for different facets of DITA authoring.

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DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) is a remnant from the XML-happy years around 2000 when the belief that many forms of data can be squeezed into formal DTD (Document Type Definitions) or Schema. DITA originated with IBM in their effort to document their own products. The specification tries to capture how technical information, aka manuals, should be structured. The main notion is that of a topic, which can be anything that forms a coherent, essentially self-contained part of technical documentation. Some of todays editing systems use DITA as data standard, but not every such system follows DITA. As with many early standards, DITA suffers from lack of flexibility, while at the same time overburdening end users with formal structure. But DITA is still around and continues to be used. It certainly remains a good starting point if you need to find some form of formal information structure for technical documentation.

'DITA best practices' is a very pragmatic book, which gets you up and running with DITA very quickly. Part 1 explains various notions of topics that make up the information content of a DITA conforming document. Part 2 looks at the architectural extras like linking between documents or metadata. Part 3 tries to be practical by paving your way towards applying DITA in your own work context. Parts 1 and 2 are very hands on and explain the formal XML-elements and attributes by way of easy example. In particular, the authors do a very good job at visually showing how the example documents get structured the DITA way without throwing formal XML-documents into the way of your understanding. If you need to get acquainted with DITA, these first two parts do a very good job at getting you there.
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Best DITA how to book for tech docs yet 11. Oktober 2011
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This book really is the definitive DITA roadmap and best practices based on many years of experience.

The book also includes:
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- Figures and tables of correct and incorrect how tos

Although you can access the book immediately if you join Safari books, buy the printed book too because of its visual effectiveness. What do I mean? You'll find out!
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Anyone who is implementing or using DITA should get this book. It has everything that you need to know to implement and use DITA.

This is now my go-to DITA book and has replaced the other DITA books and information (for example, material from DITA classes) that I already have.
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Excellent overview of DITA 5. Juni 2014
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DITA Best Practices gives a detailed overview of the technical aspects of DITA. Written for beginners and experts, the book discusses the use of topics, the reuse of content allowed by DITA, and how and why DITA should be adopted by companies. I use DITA at work, and this book gave me the theoretical insight into the practical use of DITA. It does a great job of clarifying difficult concepts such as information modeling.
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A Must Read -- Even at the Beach 20. April 2014
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We have six large publications and eight customers, all of whom want a customized version. This situation cries out for single sourcing, for which DITA is one solution. The online documentation for DITA is OK, but not comprehensive, not always comprehensible, and not necessarily addressed to technical writers. This publication is all three. Extremely well planned, very logical structure, and the authors have clearly spent many hours doing the job that I do. If you have a gut feeling that DITA can solve your single-sourcing problem, but are not sure exactly how, then this book is for you.
One of the best books in DITA you can get 6. Juni 2014
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If you are embarking on DITA, arm yourself with lots of knowledge going in. If you can only afford one book on the subject, this should probably be the one. The book thoroughly covers Topic-based authoring, a necessity when working with DITA (or actually for all tech writers), including such concepts and minimalist writing and content sharing. After grounding you in all the types of topics, the next section deals with the architecture of DITA content: maps, linking, content reuse, and like that. The last section covers converting DITA into whatever output format you are using. It goes further into editing both the DITA code and the final content.

I have probably six books on DITA. I have gained something from all of them, either practically or philosophically but this one covers the most and covers it well.
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