Learning Lightweight DITA Live

February 27, 2019
2:00 p.m.  -  3:00 p.m.

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 an alternative that preserves the structure and publishing benefits of DITA while allowing authors to work in the language of their choice.
Lightweight DITA (LwDITA) is a proposed new version of the DITA standard that simplifies its content structures by relaxing its dependence on XML as an authoring language. In LwDITA, authors can create content with XML, HTML5, or Markdown. LwDITA is also ready (for adventurous early adopters) for cross-format collaboration, as authors can combine formats, including textual and multimedia content, and even incorporate topics and maps created in full DITA XML.
We, members of the Lightweight DITA subcommittee with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, will give an introductory tutorial to LwDITA and its three initial authoring formats:

  • XDITA —based on DITA XML
  • HDITA —based on HTML5
  • MDITA —based on Markdown

In this introductory session we will take a lightweight approach to structured content, with practical examples that go beyond the traditional usage cases for the DITA standard. We will recommend tools and organization approaches for testing and implementing LwDITA.

Session Category :  intermediate 

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