Specializing DITA for the Enterprise

You want to replace a mature enterprise-level XML-based publishing system with DITA. The current system is complex, tuned to the organization’s business requirements, and feeds several downstream processes, including context-dependent online publishing and localization. The organization may be averse to change. Where do you start, and how do you proceed? And how do you adapt to the constraints of the DITA specification?

This presentation will focus on the technical aspects and design approaches of DTD-based DITA specialization, with particular emphasis on mimicking legacy information models in DITA. The presentation will be useful for anybody undertaking a DITA specialization project.

What can the audience expect to learn?

This presentation spans both people and technical concepts. Houser discusses appropriate levels of organizational and technical change in a DITA migration. We will also, as much as time allows, do a deep dive into DITA specializations, with a focus on specialization patterns and approaches that are useful when migrating legacy information models to DITA.

Meet the presenter

Alan Houser is president of Group Wellesley, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that provides authoring, content management, and workflow services to technology-oriented businesses. Alan holds an MA in professional writing and a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has 25 years of experience in technical publishing. Alan is a distinguished consultant and trainer in the fields of XML, XML technologies, publishing workflows, authoring and publishing tools, and technical communication core skills. Alan is a Fellow and former President of the Society for Technical Communication.

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