Creating a New using DITA

The web site, under the responsibility of the OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee, has always been a place to learn and discuss about the various aspects of DITA.

The Committee decided that they wanted to turn the site into an example of how DITA can be used not only for delivering content to end users, but to also show how a community-based web site can be created using DITA.

To do so, they chose to build their new site using DITAweb–a platform for the delivery and collaboration of DITA content.

Poston and Hackos introduce the audience to the changes that are being planned for and explain the ways in which DITA is being used to help deliver the site.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Attendees will learn about

  • The new features that will provide
  • How a more community-focused site can be built using DITA
  • How they can help contribute to the site
  • How they can get involved in the new site
  • Future planned improvements to the site

Meet the presenters

Mark Poston
Mark has over 20 years experience in content and publishing solutions having worked for Mekon and now Congility. He has a broad knowledge and understanding of the publishing requirements of clients and of the tools and technologies for content publishing and delivery. He has enabled the implementation of many innovative solutions to customers.

He is now primarily focused on analysis, design, and implementation of DITA publishing solutions, many of which are based around the dynamic and personalised delivery of content.

Mark is now the Director and CTO of Congility and chief product architect for their dynamic delivery platform, DITAweb, and an InDesign publishing solution, IdXML, for the DITA Open Toolkit.

Mark is currently working with the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and DITA Adoption Committee on providing a future new home for the web site using DITAweb technology.


JoAnn Hackos
JoAnn is President of Comtech Services and Director of the Center for Information-Development Management. For more than 30 years, Dr. Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, project management, effective interfaces and information, minimal information products, usability testing, and online and Web-based information, to managing the information design and development process. She authored Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio and People (Wiley 2006), Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery (Wiley 2002), Managing Your Documentation Projects (Wiley 1994), Standards for Online Communication (Wiley 1997), User and Task Analysis for Interface Design (Wiley 1998), and Introduction to DITA (Comtech 2011). JoAnn is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for Technical Communication (STC).


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