Panel: Get what you need out of your tools for DITA 1.3
Version 1.3 of DITA introduces markup and architectural features that hold great promise for adopters. But how well will this promise be reflected in support by DITA tools? Many organizations have struggled in the past with finding the support they need to move to new versions of the DITA standard. With the advent of DITA 1.3, the pitfalls are laid out in front of us again. In this panel, we discuss strategies for being prepared and asking the right questions about support for DITA 1.3.
What can the audience expert to learn?
The panel hopes to address the following questions:
- What support for DITA 1.3 features can/should/will vendors be planning to provide?
- How does support vary for different types of tools (authoring, CCMS, others)?
- How can you gain a thorough and accurate understanding of the support that you need?
Meet the presenters
Tom Magliery’s nondescript job title is XML Technology Specialist, which means for 13 lucky years with XMetaL he has gotten away with doing pretty much anything: sales engineering, professional services, consulting, training, webinars, product management, design, graphics, documentation, and–most importantly–keeping the kitchen stocked with varyingly unhealthy snacks from Costco. Apart from fooling around with XMetaL, he also hangs out weekly with the fine folks on the DITA TC, pursuing a standards-committee habit he picked up way back in the mid-1990s with HTML 2.
As the principal consultant with Eberlein Consulting LLC, Kris works with companies to develop, refine, and sustain successful (and practical) DITA implementation. A member of the DITA Technical Committee since 2007, she has been in leadership roles since 2008 (Secretary, Co-Chair, and Chair). In her current capacity as Chair of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, she works to ensure the future direction, growth, and health of the DITA standard. She also is co-editor of the DITA 1.2 and 1.3 specifications. Trained as a historian, she’s worn almost all the content worker hats you can imagine: Information developer, team lead, information architect, tool smith … When not herding (technical) cats, she cooks, quilts, and enjoys her 2002 Mini Cooper S. Kris is currently co-authoring a book on DITA Keys with Robert D. Anderson.
Stan Doherty lives in the the Boston area and works as a technical publications manager at SimpliVity Corporation. He participates as an active member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and DITA Adoption Committee. Sta also supports companies in New England considering DITA. Feel free to contact Stan if you are considering DITA, DITA tools, or DITA-aware CCMSs. In previous jobs at Akamai Technologies, MathWorks Inc., and Sun Microsystems, Stan has implemented DITA-based solutions for manuals, CSHelp, and web-hosted information centers.
JoAnn Hackos is President of Comtech Services, Inc. and Director of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) For more than 30 years, Dr. Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, project management, minimal information products, usability, and online and Web-based information to managing the 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 (2011). JoAnn is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for Technical Communication.
Eric Kuhnen has more than 20 years of experience in product research, development and management. Mr. Kuhnen was most recently responsible for competitive positioning, product marketing, and product management at Astoria Software, GoRemote (acquired by iPass), and Oracle Corporation. Since 1990, Mr. Kuhnen has managed the launch of nine different software products across four different disciplines: on-demand, enterprise, equipment control, and government. Products that Mr. Kuhnen has launched have set sales records in the first years of their operation, and one was awarded 2002 Software Product of the Year by Semiconductor International magazine. Mr. Kuhnen presently manages global operations, product management, pre-sales and marketing for Astoria Software, a division of TransPerfect, Inc. Mr. Kuhnen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.