Lightweight DITA: A pre/overview

Lightweight DITA is being developed at OASIS by a subcommittee of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee. It is designed to make adoption of DITA easier for both users and tool developers. The subcommittee is looking at usage scenarios in areas such as marketing, education, software development, and machine industries.

The goals of the (in-development) specification are:

  • simplified topic and map definitions with tighter content models and fewer elements
  • simplified specialization process that makes new specializations as easy to create as new topics
  • multi-format content, with mappings to not only XML, but also markdown, HTML5, and JSON

Michael Priestley shares the current state of the lightweight DITA specification, focusing on the current draft document types for topic and map, and reviews the lightweight specialization process.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Attendees will learn how lightweight DITA could expand the boundaries of their enterprise content ecosystem. The presentation is directed to people who want to use DITA in scenarios that require intelligent content, open standards, and easy authoring.

Meet the presenter

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley is IBM’s Enterprise Content Technology Strategist and co-chair of the IBM Enterprise Content Strategy Council, which coordinates standards, processes, and technology requirements across the enterprise content ecosystem. He was the co-editor of the DITA 1.0 and DITA 1.1 specifications and is currently working on a specification for Lightweight DITA.





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