Last fall, DITA Open Toolkit developers announced support for a new DITA-OT plug-in registry. The registry quickly became one of the most talked about features of recent releases: within days of the announce, many developers from outside the core team were already submitting their own extensions. But what’s in the registry for you? In this session, Robert will give an overview of the DITA-OT registry:

  • Why did we create a plug-in registry in the first place?
  • Do your plugins have to be registered? (Don’t worry, they don’t.)
  • OK, but should you register your plugins? (Maybe, maybe not!)
  • What can you find in there today?
  • What sort of support is available?

Although the focus of this presentation will be on the registry and what’s inside, we will also cover recent updates to DITA-OT, and what you can expect to see in the future.

What can the audience expect to learn?

In addition to the core plug-ins that ship with DITA Open Toolkit, DITA-OT’s plugin registry has growing number of diverse extensions developed around DITA, for DITA authors. Attendees will learn how to take advantage of the new registry to find useful extensions, as well as the benefits of sharing their own local customizations with others.

Meet the presenter

Robert D Anderson has spent nearly 20 years working on SGML/XML publishing tools at IBM, nearly all of that with the DITA XML format. He helps lead the DITA Open Toolkit, and has contributed to the project from its first day as an open source project. Robert also writes about DITA and is the co-editor of the DITA specification at OASIS, making him one of those rare developers who spends most days using the tools that he supports.



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