Cross-format Content with Lightweight DITA

One of the key benefits of lightweight DITA is that it frees the value points of DITA from a strict dependency on the XML format. You can author valid lightweight DITA content in multiple formats, including markdown and HTML5. In this demonstration, we show how lightweight topics of various content types can be created in XML, markdown, and HTML5, while continuing to make use of standard DITA features such as content reuse and conditional processing and flowing into a common published deliverable, such as an HTML web site, PDF, or EPUB.

What can the audience expect to learn?

If you are dealing with multiple content sources and dependencies on content formats beyond XML, you see an example of how lightweight DITA will work. This practical demonstration is best appreciated after attending the previous lightweight DITA sessions by Michael Priestley, Jenifer Schlotfeldt, and Carlos Evia.

Meet the presenters

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.


Carlos Evia

Carlos Evia is an associate professor and director of Professional and Technical Writing at Virginia Tech, where he also conducts research for the Centers in Human-Computer Interaction and Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a member of the DITA Technical Committee, with a special interest in the Lightweight DITA subcommittee.




Jennifer Schlotfeldt
Jenifer Schlotfeldt is a senior content strategist, designer, and developer at IBM. She is the co-author of DITA Best Practices: A Roadmap for Writing, Editing, and Architecting in DITA, published in 2011.


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