Finally Multimedia and DITA

While it has always been possible to incorporate multimedia objects within DITA content, native support for video and sound files is finally coming to DITA 1.3. While this opens up new possibilities for easily working with multimedia content, it also highlights a number of questions: How can you effectively reuse multimedia content within a DITA context? How can you effectively use multimedia content in your documentation? And, just because you can insert multimedia files in your docs, should you? This joint presentation by Leigh White and Keith Schengili-Roberts of IXIASOFT will explore not only the technical details of how multimedia can be incorporated into DITA content, but also explores what does and does not work.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Part of this presentation will look at what technical writers can expect from the DITA 1.3 multimedia extensions, and how they can be used. But the focus of the presentation will be how sound and video can effectively be used within a DITA context. Many groups have attempted to use multimedia in their technical documentation, but few have done it well. This presentation will look at what is possible with multimedia and how it can best be used in a DITA/technical communications context. Attendees will learn the mechanics of how to use the new DITA 1.3 multimedia extension and how to do so in a way that makes the most sense for their technical documentation.

Meet the presenters

Keith Schengili-RobertsKeith is the Senior DITA Content Strategist at IXIASOFT. He is the Chair of the OASIS DITA Adoption Committee, and is an active member of the DITA Technical Committee and the Lightweight DITA Sub-committees. Keith can often be found presenting at conferences, working with customers, and researching how DITA is being used and then sharing those results with the DITA community. Keith’s popular industry blog has become a focal point on DITA resources and best practices. Connect with Keith on Twitter @KeithIXIASOFT.



Leigh White is a DITA Specialist with IXIASOFT, and is the author of the popular “DITA for Print” from XML Press. Starting out as a technical writer and moving into information architecture, she has been working with DITA since 2008, developing workflows, standards, and publishing tools. She has a strong interest in helping small technical publication groups on a budget leverage tools and improve processes to raise efficiency, increase productivity, and save their sanity. She is a self-described “DITA geek, writer, reader, thinker, and bemused observer”.

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