Designing hybrid architectures with DITA 1.3, Lightweight DITA, and non-XML sources

Competing, conflicting requirements for developing intelligent content are the great levelers. Whether you are working in a 50-person startup or in an established, Enterprise outfit such as Oracle Corporation, the pressure to maintain control of your content while needing to integrate it with multiple engineering, marketing, and field frameworks is increasing — a lot. DITA is optimized for Tech Writing and affords no one-size-fits-all solution for the myriad content development requirements that span multiple silos. To avoid being bunkered forever in a Tech-Writing-only, DITA silo, you have to de-optimize some of what you do in the Tech Writing DITA silo in order to share content with other silos that do not, for some reason, appreciate the exquisite subtleties of DITA reltables or the DITA-OT processing chain. You need to get down and messy with lightweight markup, open source repositories, sketchy conversion scripts, and engineering data formats. You need to build a hybrid content architecture supported by a hybrid publishing infrastructure.

This presentation is a case study in how you can engineer a shared information and shared processing architecture across CCMS DITA, OASIS DITA 1.3, OASIS Lightweight DITA (Markdown and HTML5), and JSON frameworks. The process involves:

1. Mapping the capabilities and boundaries of each solution.

2. Specifying a content architecture (DTDs, templates, etc.) that

supports the development of reusable, cross-framework topics.

3. Specifying cross-solution topic-assembly solutions (DITA maps, GitBook).

4. Identifying the touch points between framework services that can

handle topics authored in multiple formats.

5. Developing an all-inclusive content management strategy capable of

supporting cross-framework data and build management.

What can the audience expect to learn?

By attending, you would gain insight into benefits of:

a) Encouraging the development of good content across silos and

b) Investing in appropriate IA and engineering to reuse that good
content across the organization

Meet the presenters

Stan Doherty lives in the the Boston area and has worked in the industry for thirty years as a technical publications manager, information architect, and DITA evangelist. Currently Stan manages the information architecture team at Oracle Corporation and shapes its content strategy, collaboration strategies, and total information experience initiatives. Stan also is active in standards development, serving as a voting member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and secretary to the OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee, and the Lightweight DITA subcommitee. Stan remains active in both academia as a researcher/adjunct professor and in professional societies (STC, CIDM, ACM SIGDOC). If you have ideas about how to make your content more usable, maintainable, and delightful, please contact Stan at


Sean Curley bio coming soon.



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