Understanding the link and configuration management challenges inherent in technical documentation.

20 Jan 2016 - 09:00 - 10:30
Event Type: 

Why Is DITA So Hard? Understanding the link and configuration management challenges inherent in technical documentation.

Sponsored by: CIDM

Presenter: Eliot Kimber, Contrext, LLC

Date: January 20, 2016 at 9am PST | 12pm EST | 5pm GMT

Duration: 90 minutes


Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6110294349818573058



DITA-based technical documents are inherently sophisticated and complex hyperdocuments. They are developed through complex revision processes, often by highly-distributed teams. Thus DITA documents and their management present a number of challenges inherent in the nature of sophisticated technical documentation. While the value of this sophisticated approach to documentation has tremendous value to organizations as a whole, it can make the life of individual authors much more challenging, leading to the common complaint “DITA is too hard”. This talk presents the link and configuration management challenges inherent in sophisticated hyperlinked documentation and discusses the features of DITA and DITA component content management systems that address these challenges. If authors and managers understand the challenges inherent in DITA-based authoring they can at least set their expectations and provision tools and resources appropriately.


What can attendees expect to learn?


                  The way in which DITA documents are sophisticated hyperdocuments

                  What “configuration management” means in the context of DITA-based documentation

                  The fundamental link and configuration management challenges DITA hyperdocuments present

                  The DITA features that enable and support hyperdocument configuration management

                  The link and configuration management features DITA-aware component configuration management systems must provide in order to support authors.

                  A little bit about Aikido




Eliot Kimber is a founding and active member of the DITA Technical Committee. He has been working with structured markup for more than 30 years. Eliot is also a co-editor of the HyTime standard. Eliot currently focuses on the application of DITA to the business challenges of Publishers. Eliot is the founder and principle developer of the open-source DITA for Publishers project. Eliot lives and works with his family in Austin, Texas.

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