DITA-OT 2.x: Discover What’s New in Toolkit Two

It’s been over a year since the release of DITA-OT 2.0, yet many DITA authors still do not know when (or whether) to upgrade. This session will address the following questions and concerns:

  • What is new in DITA-OT 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2?
  • I’ve heard some parts of 2.x are not backwards compatible – should I be concerned?
  • How should I prepare for a toolkit upgrade, and what resources are available to help?
  • What kind of support is available for older or current releases?
  • What is planned for release 2.3 and beyond? 

What can the audience expect to learn?

Attendees will learn what to expect from recent and upcoming DITA-OT releases, what “backwards compatibility” really means in the toolkit, and why some changes should be embraced rather than feared. In addition, we will discuss strategies to make upgrades easier, now and in the future. Finally, we will have time to discuss any issues that have held audience members back from upgrading the toolkit and (with luck) work out how to address those issues.

Meet the presenter

Robert Anderson

Robert has spent over 15 years working on SGML/XML publishing tools at IBM; 14 of those years have been spent primarily with DITA. For most of that time, he has contributed to and helped lead the open-source DITA Open Toolkit project. Robert is co-editor of the DITA 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 specifications, making him one of those rare developers who has to use the tools that he supports. If you’re not careful, he will tell you (and show you!) how he uses DITA to publish his music collection and book library. Robert is currently co-authoring a book on DITA keys with Kristen James Eberlein.


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