Are you braving the wilds of the web looking for information on DITA? Are you hunting through dusty stacks of your library? (Yes, libraries do still exist!) Or have you mounted an expedition to a bookstore? (Perhaps more rare than a library, but they too are still around.) Well, I’m here to help. This post covers some of the best caches of valuable DITA assets.
DITA Writer is
a great one-stop spot for blog posts and lists of DITA conferences,
tools, and vendors. This site was created and is maintained by Keith
DITA Best Practices: A Roadmap for Writing, Editing, and Architecting in DITA
This book by Laura Bellamy, Michelle Carey, Jenifer Schlotfeldt is
one of my favorites. You will find out what you need to know before
using DITA, how to use DITA, and how to implement DITA. No link for this
one, but you can buy it from most online book sellers.
DITA Demonstration Collection
The DITA Demonstration Collection provides
a set of sample DITA files that are meant to be used to demonstrate
selected capabilities and benefits of DITA. The files are up-to-date in
that they reflect the latest DITA release (1.3). An excellent resource!
DITA Community Resources
The DITA Community Github
organization serves the DITA community by providing a place for things
like Open Toolkit plugins, sample content, or other utilities that don’t
have a better home.
DITA Open Toolkit
Do you want to develop and publish DITA content without buying DITA tools? Use the DITA Open Toolkit.
In my previous post, I talked about where DITA calls home. You can find the latest spec as well as the previous iterations at the OASIS website. Among the finds at the DITA TC home page are
White Papers information on the technical committee and subcommittees
that maintain the DITA standard. On this sign-up page, you can subscribe
to a public mail list for providing input to the OASIS DITA Technical
OASIS may be the adopted home of DITA, but it was born at IBM. Take a look at Introduction to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture for
a good introduction to the DITA standard. Remember though, it was
published in 2001 at the dawn of DITA. Still, it is an excellent
initiation to DITA.
DITA XML.org is a
community-driven site and encourages content contributions from
readers. You can find news, services, products, information, and much
more. Note: The site is undergoing a refit but still is very usable and
My Home, Sweet, Home! No matter where your company is at in the DITA implementation process – from evaluation, to ramping up your DITA implementation efforts, to making the push to close out your DITA conversion program – JANA’s experts can assist your implementation efforts at any level and at any scale. We are producing DITA-related webinars and workshops. Send me a note and I will be happy to put you on our mailing list. If you have a topic you’re interested in, let me know and we will develop a presentation or webinar specifically for you!
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Related janacorp.com Webinars:
Why DITA? Workshop
DITA Workflow 101
The Top 5 DITA Conversion and Authoring Pitfalls (and how to avoid them)