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Keyref Example: Links from Glossary Entries

On the Really Strategies blog I have posted the first in an occasional series of examples of how to apply the DITA 1.2 keyref feature to specific real-world problems. The entry is here: http://blog.reallysi.com/2009/04/dita-keyref-example-links-from-glossary-entries.html

DITA: It's Just XML

Over on the Really Strategies blog I've posted about the fact that DITA, while it has lots  of cool features that get a lot of us very excited, DITA can also be applied to the simplest applications. Because DITA, by dint of its unique features as a standard XML architecture, has the lowest possible cost of both initial implementation and long-term ownership, this makes DITA a compelling  business choice simply because it saves money and time relative to almost any other alternative you might choose.

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Live DITA Application: FASB GAAP Codification (ASC)

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has gone live with it's new Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Web site, a DITA-based application that provides all of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) standards through dynamic delivery of DITA-based content.

I have written up a deeper discussion of the project here: http://blog.reallysi.com/2008/01/live-dita-appli.html

The ASC site itself is here: http://asc.fasb.org/home

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Using DITA For Narrative Documents

I have posted some thoughts on using DITA for narrative documents on the Really Strategies blog: http://blog.reallysi.com/2008/01/dita-applicatio.html

The executive summary is:

By ignoring the existence of the <section> element you quickly realize that nested topics can be used just fine to represent narrative documents with arbitrarily deep nesting of divisions. This potentially opens up a whole class of documents of particular interest to Publishers that might otherwise not seem to be good candidates for ditification.


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