The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides a pre-built data model for authoring and publishing. It was originally developed by IBM for internal use and before it was released to the open-source community.
DITA consists of a set of design principles for creating modules at a topic level and for using that content in various delivery modes. DITA is well suited to technical documentation groups because it was initially conceived specifically for technical documentation, where content is naturally based around topics rather than narrative. If your content is primarily narrative in nature, DITA may not be the best solution.
DITA also provides for "specialization," allowing you to develop elements of your own that are based on core DITA elements and that still use the working DITA framework for publishing, allowing customization with no changes to the style sheets for publishing.
In DITA, the core information unit is a topic, which describes a single task, concept, or reference item. Topics are long enough to deliver a meaningful subset of structured information, yet short enough not to require customizing each time they are used in a particular context. When reused in different documents, the same topic can therefore appear unchanged under different structural subdivisions. This single sourcing reuse potential has helped drive DITA adoption.
DITA modular topic-based design offers organizations the ability to combine, recombine, and reuse to create online help, printed books, and web-based information.
DITA includes all the stylesheets necessary to publish to various popular output formats (HTML, HTML Help, PDF, Java Help, etc.) from topic-based content.
Organizations using DITA gain the advantages XML offers for information development, among others, it separates the structure of the content, from the form and layout, is an open standard, is extensible—you can add your own tags, and there are great tools available.
The benefits of separating content from its context, in order to make it reusable, are significant – more consistent deliverables, shorter publication cycles, less content to develop/maintain. DITA provides a consistent, overall information architecture that can evolve and grow along with your product or service information needs and delivery modes.
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SDI has been using SiberSafe CMS/CSDB for over 5 years to manage and automate its technical documentation development, maintenance and conversion processes. SDI's business is project-driven and every project comes with its own set of standard compliance requirements. SiberSafe has helped SDI to successfully comply with multiple technical publication standards, including S1000D, MIL-STD-2361 and DITA for our commercial and US DoD clients' projects. SiberSafe has tremendously evolved over the years, helping us meet our diverse project requirements. SiberLogic’s technical support and consulting services have helped us meet the project deadlines in our documentation development and conversion projects.
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Installation PackageRun this installation package to install SiberSafe Styler, a Microsoft Word plug-in for PDF layout template design and XSLT stylesheet auto-generation
Managing DITA content
WhitepaperBenefits and challenges of the DITA content model that can be faced by technical documentation teams dealing with complex, long-lived, and evolving material.
SiberSafe DITA Edition With XMetaL Integration White Paper
WhitepaperThis white paper provides a detailed overview of the challenges of DITA and how SiberSafe and XMetaL address them.
SiberSafe DITA CMS EULA
SiberSafe DITA CMS End User License Agreement
DITA support in SiberSafe
Flash DemoOverview of SiberSafe’s support for topic-based content creation and management.
SiberSafe integration with the FrameMaker Application Pack for DITA, and the DITA Open Toolkit
Flash DemoIncludes insertion and navigation of conrefs and links from within FrameMaker; and DITA map publication to PDF via the DITA OT with conrefs etc. resolved and rendered.
Flash DemoSee SiberSafe run from FrameMaker to deliver an effective content management environment for technical documentation.
Authoring with SiberSafe XMetaL Integration
Flash DemoUsing SiberSafe XMetaL integration allows increasing significantly convenience and effectiveness of authors work.
SiberSafe XML Communicator and DITA
Flash DemoDITA authoring with SiberSafe’s integral XML editor.
SiberSafe DITA Edition
WhitepaperThis document describes the various features included in SiberSafe's DITA solution
SiberSafe Styler Datasheet
DatasheetLearn how to convert XML into PDF with your distinct branding and look-n-feel without XSLT programming. This datasheet describes the features and benefits of SiberSafe Styler
WORD ML DITA process flow
This document depicts the process flow when using Word ML and Sibersafe for DITA document processing