LearningDITA Live 2019 sessions

Sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time each day.

Register once to attend all of the sessions by our expert speakers.

February 25, 2019

Introduction to DITA

10:00 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m. EST

New to DITA? Not sure what all the fuss is about? In this session, you’ll learn DITA basics so that the rest of LearningDITA Live will make sense to you. No prior knowledge of DITA or XML is required for this session.   Add session to your desktop calendar Add session to your Google calendar

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Is DITA right for me?

11:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m. EST

In this webinar attendees will learn about the big picture benefits of structured authoring in DITA and how DITA can benefit their organization. Specifically, they will learn about: The time and resources required to implement and sustain a DITA content development process. How structured authoring can be used in various business functions as well as… Read More >

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Getting started with DITA: A case study with ACS Technologies

1:00 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. EST

ACS Technologies, which provides software and services to churches, schools, and childcare centers, recently adopted DITA to ensure that content creation processes could scale as the company develops new products. To help mitigate risk and stay within budget, ACS took a gradual, phased approach to migrating from a wiki-based content development workflow to a DITA… Read More >

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Branding 101: Developing brand identity in DITA

2:00 p.m.  -  3:00 p.m. EST

Organizations that move into DITA as part of an acquisition or adopt DITA from Day-1 face a similar challenge. What do we need to develop or customize in our markup and in our processing tool chain to brand our deliverables? Neither the DITA 1.3 spec nor the DITA Open Toolkit documentation have a section devoted… Read More >

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February 26, 2019

DITA project best practices

10:00 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m. EST

There are lots of aspects necessary to have a happy and healthy DITA project. Project structure, version control, work-flow, custom validation rules, an internal style guide, tools to perform batch modifications, automation of the publishing processes, automation of the project-wide validation checks, ways to quickly ask and receive feedback from engineers, ways to requests and… Read More >

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Seven DITA words you can’t say to executives

11:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m. EST

Are you trying to convince your executives to invest in DITA? This session is for you! Bill Swallow and Sarah O’Keefe describe what to say and critically, what not to say when you are pitching DITA. A focus on technical aspects, such as conrefs, filtering, and specialization is effective for content people, but it doesn’t… Read More >

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Making your DITA content play nicely with your CMS

1:00 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. EST

For years, I taught — and practiced — an out-of-the-box approach to using DITA. The approach worked fine when my teams used small component content management systems (CCMS) or even no CCMS at all. However, when our content outgrew our small CCMS, and we moved to a bigger one, some of the rules changed. We… Read More >

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DITA: Smart content for guided troubleshooting

2:00 p.m.  -  3:00 p.m. EST

You have made the investment and commitment to migrate your critical content to DITA. Now, what do you do with it? One practical application is transforming and using DITA XML content with authored Decision Trees to create Guided Troubleshooting and Diagnostics knowledge portals for Field Service applications.   Add session to your desktop calendar Add… Read More >

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February 27, 2019

Empowering business users with online collaboration for DITA

10:00 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m. EST

Review processes and collaboration have traditionally been a pain point for maturing DITA implementations. Learn how to engage subject matter experts, streamline your workflows, and keep track of reviews, approvals, and versions of a document. Realize the full potential of DITA, all within your favorite web browser.   Add session to your desktop calendar Add… Read More >

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DITA metadata best practices

11:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m. EST

Whether your organization is new to DITA or if you have been working in structured markup for a while, adding intelligence to your content via metadata is a powerful way to increase the value of your content. In this session, you will learn how to: Define your metadata needs and requirements Determine which metadata elements… Read More >

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Burning it all down with QA

1:00 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. EST

You did it! You’ve made a major update to your content! Whether you’ve changed your content model or modified your output processor, what’s the best way to ensure that everything works the way that you intend for it to? Join Jake Campbell as he takes you through what makes up a solid QA process, who… Read More >

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Learning Lightweight DITA Live

2:00 p.m.  -  3:00 p.m. EST

Most (if not all) other sessions in this online conference focus on features and the overall benefits of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. If you read the proverbial fine print, however, you will see that many of those tips and recommendations about DITA require using XML as structuring language. In this session we will showcase… Read More >

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February 28, 2019

DITA versus CMS

10:00 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m. EST

In Europe, the decision for a content management system is often a decision against DITA. But are DITA and CMS really mutually exclusive alternatives? We think that the decision for or against DITA should be the result of a structured analysis process that we will present in this session.   Add session to your desktop… Read More >

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Training for AI using DITA files

11:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m. EST

​​​​​​How can a technical communicator build an Artifical Intelligence bot to respond and chat for product related help? This session would introduce AI systems and walk the audience on how to create and train their own Artificial Intelligence service instance, and the content strategy that would be required for this niche gap in the industry…. Read More >

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Let’s make NEW mistakes!

1:00 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. EST

If you are doing something for the first time or trying to do something new and innovative, then failure comes with the territory. However, you do not have to make the same mistakes other folks have made – instead, let’s make new mistakes! Join Amber to learn about some of the classic blunders that you… Read More >

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