Context and Reuse in DITA Projects

The main reason for adopting DITA is its support for reuse. Reuse implies context, as it basically means using the same thing in different situations, that is in different contexts. But in the same time we want some people, usually subject matter experts, to interact with the DITA content as if they are using a word processor, so ignoring the context information. How can we define and control the context, when we should hide it and how we should do that?

What can the audience expect to learn?

Attendees will understand that reuse benefits do not come without a cost and that cost relates to the complexity created by managing the contexts. We will try to define what context means for DITA and understand the inevitable requirement to define formally a DITA project that should express all the deliverables we want to obtain.

Meet the presenter

George Bina is one of the founders of Syncro Soft, the company that develops oXygen XML suite of XML editing, authoring, development, publishing and collaboration tools. He has more than 20 years of experience in working with XML and related technologies, bringing many innovative ideas to reality and contributing to XML-related open-source projects.
He presented at many XML, DITA, and technical communication conferences, giving passionate presentations and challenging the technological status quo, trying to get the audience to think outside the box, and re-imagine the future.

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