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Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience

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Length: Three days

Fee: $1320.00 USD


The DITA standard is comprised of more than 530 elements. How does an author choose the appropriate elements to use when marking up structured content? What if DITA is still missing business or industry-specific elements that you need? There are several ways to reduce the complexity of DITA element and attribute use, but which ones are most effective? Companies often use editorial style guides to help authors, but how can you consistently enforce those rules, especially with limited editorial staff?

DITA offers a variety of ways to optimize your authoring experience, making it as simple as possible for your authors to create and publish content that conforms to your information model and authoring guidelines. In this workshop, you are guided through the process of customizing your authoring environment using each of the following technologies:

  • Shells
  • Specializations
  • Constraints
  • Templates
  • Subject scheme maps
  • Publishing scenarios
You are given specific design guidelines, along with a wealth of real-life examples to illustrate the principles. With ample time for applying what you have learned, you will leave the workshop with the necessary tools to optimize the authoring experience for your authoring team.

Who should attend?

  • Information architects
  • Content strategists
  • Information developers for both publications and training
  • IT and tool developers

  • You will learn to

    • Create custom DTD shells and RNG patterns
    • Enforce specific element and attribute usage to meet your business needs
    • Create new information types using specialization
    • Create new DITA elements and attributes specific to your business needs
    • Simplify the amount of DITA elements and attributes available to authors
    • Create authoring templates
    • Encode authoring guidelines and automated editorial rules using Schematron
    • Create specific pick lists for authors using subjectScheme
    • Create custom filters for conditional processing using DITAVAL
    • Customize the build process for publishing
    • Implement the customizations in your authoring environment
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