Markdown for DITA

When we think about DITA adoption, it is very important to lower the entry point for people new to DITA. There is a large group of users, mostly developers, who may benefit from DITA, but their knowledge is Markdown and they cannot be immediately exposed to DITA, because they will reject it.

To integrate this large gorup into a DITA-based workflow, we need to provide both support for Markdown and a path to allow them to gradually move to DITA as they need to.

In this session, we explore the existing support for integrating or using Markdown in DITA-based systems as well as the possibilities of enabling people with Markdown knowledge to gradually learn DITA.

What can the audience expect to learn?

The audience learn how they can work together with people with Markdown knowledge on DITA projects.
We present the ready-to-use Markdown plugins for the DITA Open Toolkit, showing how Markdown files can be used as DITA topics and how you can publish Markdown content as part of a DITA publication to various output formats. Thus, you are able to implement similar support in your own projects, enabling the use of Markdown alongside DITA.

You also learn how Markdown constructs can be supported inside DITA topics and converted automatically to corresponding DITA structures, thus enabling an incremental path to learning DITA from a Markdown background.

Meet the presenter

George Bina is one of the founders of Syncro Soft, the company that develops oXygen XML Editor. He has more than 15 years’ experience in working with XML and related technologies including XML-related projects, oXygen XML Editor, and participation in open source projects.

His most notable open-source projects are oNVDL –an open source implementation of the NVDL standard, a project that is now merged into Jing and DITA-NG, and the Relax NG-based implementation of DITA that was adopted as the reference schema for DITA in DITA 1.3.

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