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How many elements are in DITA?

Because DITA is an architecture, not just a DTD, you have to ask the question in terms of which infotype (concept, task, reference) , containing which domains. New specializations always increase the count, but the new content models typically have more restricted content models, which limits the selection choices that writers actually see in a validating XML editor.

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DITA Knowledge Base

DITA Knowledge Base pages provide a reliable basis of technical and educational information on the standard. Content is created and maintained by the DITA Editorial Board, however much of it has been moved to the wiki section of this site.

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DITA 101

The DITA OASIS Standard defines an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing technical documentation in print and on the Web. DITA (commonly pronunced dit'-uh) builds content reuse into the authoring process for document creation and management.

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Creating content

When creating new content, you have several choices about what type of content you want to add to this website.  Currently these are the supported content types.  Note that a 'book page' is equivalent to the 'wiki' concept.
  • book page A book is a collaborative writing effort: users can collaborate writing the pages of the book, positioning the pages in the right order, and reviewing or modifying pages previously written. So when you have some information to share or when you read a page of the book and you didn't like it, or if you think a certain page could have been written better, you can do something about it.

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Blast Radius

"While DITA was conceived for tech pubs, its benefits make it well-suited for other types of content, particularly the kinds of granular, customer-facing content that we typically see on the web.   For example, product or services descriptions, reviews, and FAQs are inherently topic-oriented, but today are implemented in ad hoc or proprietary formats. Companies can benefit using DITA specializations for these types of content through streamlined flow of content within and across enterprises and between systems, and the lower costs of localization.  And because of these benefits, we expect to see DITA applied to a number of scenarios, such as e-Learning, CRM, and e-Service.  We may even see industry-specific DITA specializations for enabling unstructured content interchange between trading partners, such as the syndication of product descriptions between manufacturers and retailers."

-- Paul Wlodarczyk, Director, ECM Strategy, Blast Radius Inc. Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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