DITA Technical Communications Subcommittee: Plans and needs for the future

The DITA Technical Communications Subcommittee is responsible for the care and development of the technical communications vocabularies such as the concept, glossentry, reference, task, and troubleshooting topic types; domain specializations such as the software domain and the programming domain; and bookmap. In this session, Bob Thomas, chairperson of the subcommittee, presents ideas under consideration for the DITA 2.0 timeframe. Subjects include content model simplification and troubleshooting enhancements. There are also plans to move the specification, care, and maintenance of the technical content vocabularies into its own work product, allowing it to be changed more frequently than the core DITA specification.

Meet the presenter

Bob Thomas is a contributor to several OASIS DITA efforts. He is a chairperson for the Technical Communications subcommittee, a voting member DITA Technical Committee, and a voting member of the DITA Adoption committee. Bob has over 30 years of experience with technical publications including 15 years of experience as a writer and more than 15 years of experience designing and deploying structured authoring systems. He has worked exclusively with DITA for the past 11 years. He owns Tagsmiths, LLC, a consultancy that specializes in DITA Open Toolkit customization and in DITA-based information architecture.

Bob was the information architect for the DITA 1.3 troubleshooting features. He is currently exploring ways to improve the authoring experience with the DITA technical content topic types by making their content models easier to configure and easier to constrain.

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