In this podcast, Alan, Bill, and Sarah discuss some of the characteristics of typical DITA projects.
LearningDITA.com currently (as of writing this post) has eight courses and over 2,700 subscribers. So… How are we doing?
Training organizations can use DITA for learning content. The DITA Learning and Training specialization makes it possible.
In this podcast, Alan, Bill, and Sarah provide an overview of structured authoring. What are the business requirements that might cause an organization to consider structured authoring?
Coauthored by Sarah O’Keefe and Alan Pringle
This post is also available as a white paper, which you can read in PDF format.
First published in 2001.
Structured authoring and XML represent a significant paradigm shift in content creation. Implementing structured authoring with XML allows organizations to enforce content organization requirements. The addition of hierarchy and metadata to content improves reuse and content management. These benefits, however, must be weighed against the effort required to implement a structured authoring approach. The business case is compelling for larger writing organizations; they will be the first to adopt structured authoring. Over time, improvements in available tools will reduce the cost of implementing structured authoring and make it affordable for smaller organizations.
Getting your DITA content into a high-design format like InDesign is a tricky prospect. The biggest stumbling block is the fact that there is no intrinsic link between your ICML and the template that you flow it into. In the end, your InDesign template (you’re using one, right?) is the most important part of a DITA to ICML workflow; it contains the actual styles that will control how your output appears.
Without centralized localization processes, you will pay more for translated content, provide inconsistent translations, and possibly expose your company to significant legal liability. Here are warning signs your company needs a better localization strategy: