Approaching DITA from a Different Angle

The Marvell storage technical writers use Adobe products like FrameMaker, Acrobat Pro, and Distiller to author and publish content. The team has advanced content workflows with heavy utilization of FrameScript to automate processes. At the same time, they are looking at structured content and see many benefits. The problem is they cannot just move to it overnight!

In this session, learn how the tools team at Marvell has started adopting DITA from the opposite direction–instead of writing in DITA first, they are using it as an intermediary format that can be integrated into their current authoring flows and produce additional outputs. The content can later be published in Frame, but does it in a way that offloads the generation of content to the DITA-OT, which saves their writers lots of time.

What can the audience expect to learn?

For companies looking at how to approach DITA, you can see how the team at Marvell started reaping the benefits of DITA in a low-cost way that doesn’t require their writers to change how they author or publish content. Do you want to explore using DITA, but are not sure if you’re ready to go through the change management that comes with learning new tools and source content formats? This session might give you some ideas of how to get started.

Meet the presenters

Harini Vallabhaneni is a Publications Tools Manager at Marvell Semiconductor Inc. She is skilled in all aspects of content automation from content creation to publishing. Harini loves to find standardization and automation opportunities in content workflows. She leverages her software testing and automation background to test for and help improve content quality and life cycle. Harini holds a Masters in Computer Science from California State University and a Certificate in Technical Writing from De Anza College, California.



Severin Foreman is a Technical Writing Manager at Marvell Semiconductor Inc. He has experience helping companies move to structured authoring formats and managing international teams. He has seven years’ experience as a DITA architect and enjoys leveraging structured content to streamline authoring and publishing flows while improving content coverage and accuracy. Severin holds a Bachelors in Literature from San Diego State University.


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