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Developing Quality Technical Information : A Handbook for Writers and Editors

IBM Press Series--Information Management (not DITA but recommended as a good book on "topic based authoring") (Available from

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DITA Architectural Specification

The official specification on the DITA standard.

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DITA Best Practices: A Roadmap for Writing, Editing, and Architecting in DITA

The authors begin with topic-based writing, presenting proven best practices for developing effective topics and short descriptions. Next, they address content architecture, including how best to set up and implement DITA maps, linking strategies, metadata, conditional processing, and content reuse. Finally, they offer “in the trenches” solutions for ensuring quality implementations, including guidance on content conversion.

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DITA for Practitioners Volume 1: Architecture and Technology

Eliot Kimber has just published DITA for Practitioners Volume 1: Architecture and Technology, which is the first of two books he is publishing about the DITA standard. Volume 1 begins with a hand-on explanation of end-to-end DITA processing that will get you up and running fast, followed by an overview of the DITA architecture.

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DITA Language Specification

The DITA Reference.

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DITA Pocket Guide

The DITA Pocket Guide is a clear and concise overview of DITA basics in a compact 50-page format.  From topics to maps, from elements and attributes to specialization, it's an indispensable quick reference for beginner and practitioner alike.  The DITA Pocket Guide is packed with valuable information and available free of charge.

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DITA Pocket Guides: user group offer

Is your DITA User Group on the lookout for resources to provide to members and meeting attendees?  SiberLogic is providing 50-packs of mail-in order cards for our handy and highly recommended DITA Pocket Guide.  The cards are free, the DITA Pocket Guides are free, and shipping (of both cards and guides) is free...  Just email with the quantity you need.

"The DITA Pocket Guide is a great resource that DITA users seem to truly appreciate.

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DITA: An XML-based Technical Documentadon Authoring and Publishing Architecture.

An article from: Technical Communication, by Michael Priestley, Gretchen Hargis, Susan Carpenter. Avaialble from Amazon.

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Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture

By Jennifer Linton and Kylene Bruski, Comtech Services, Inc., March, 2006.

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Managing DITA content

White paper from SIberLogic that includes the additional benefits (such as traceability) of integrating SiberSafe DITA Edition with our knowledge modeling patform.  The white paper is free, but does require visitor registration.  Find it in the General white papers list.

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