DITA linking strategies: Overview and best practices

The DITA standard offers a plethora of possibilities to link between various resources. We will analyze various scenarios, look at small examples, and try to find together answers to everyday questions you may have while editing DITA content. We’ll discuss direct and indirect linking. We’ll compare inline links and related links. We’ll discuss
benefits of chunking versus linking. Linking is a form of content reuse so we will also discuss cases in which reusing content is better than linking to it. DITA 1.3 also brings to the table new linking possibilities so we’ll also take a look at what it has to offer. During the talk, we’ll also take a look at the results of a DITA linking poll and see what others prefer to do in various situations. In the end, you will have better ideas about what tool from the DITA toolbox to choose in each situation.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Learn about all the possibilities of linking in DITA, either using manual links in a topic, defining links in relationship tables, or with direct or indirect links using key references. We’ll discuss small examples and come up with best practices.

Meet the presenter

Radu Coravu started working more than 10 years ago as a software developer for Syncro Soft Ltd., the manufacturer of the popular Oxygen XML Editor. During the last couple of years, his main focus has been in the development of the visual XML Author editing environment and the specific-DITA support provided by Oxygen. He provides support for complex integrations and helps steer the product in the right direction, all this with some Java development on the side.

 

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