Let’s define the DITA project!

When working with DITA, there are rare cases when we only have one deliverable defined by one map and some topics, but usually we have one or more root maps, numerous filter files, and we publish each deliverable to multiple output formats. This information may be useful if it is known during various steps when interacting with DITA content (for example, to present the relevant context configurations during the authoring stage, to be able to automatically generate the published versions, to enable cross linking between different deliverables, or to correctly compute actual content reuse). This session explores a possible definition of a DITA Project file to describe the root maps, filters, deliverables, etc., and how this information may be used to enable a better user experience when working with DITA content.

What can the audience expect to learn?

The audience will benefit from a better understanding of context and reuse when working with DITA. The proposed format may be the basis for a standard format to define DITA projects. The session also expects audience feedback so that we will all have a better understanding of the meta-information needs for DITA projects from different perspectives: content management, authoring, localization, publishing, reporting.

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, the Relax NG-based implementation of DITA that was adopted as the reference schema for DITA in DITA 1.3.



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