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Length: Two days
Fee: $975.00 USD
Many companies move to DITA based on an aggressive business case showing tremendous cost savings through content reuse. Unfortunately, after a few years they find that they are not meeting their reuse and cost savings goals. The reasons are many:
With the release of DITA 1.3 and even more advanced reuse possibilities, the potential for savings and the potential for failure both grow exponentially. To realize the full benefits of DITA reuse, authors must be as comfortable adding reuse elements and attributes as they are inserting a paragraph or building a table in a topic.
To provide that level of comfort, this workshop dives deep into all DITA reuse options:
Participants will learn when and how to use each of these mechanisms. Through a highly interactive course scenario, you will gain hands-on experience implementing all of these mechanisms within DITA files, building documentation and training materials that share content across different outputs, audiences, and products. In addition, as part of the process, we will dispel common myths and misperceptions about reusability. You will gather tips for how to better plan and write for reuse, tag reusable content for easy findability, manage changes to the reused content, and measure results. We’ll also discuss the importance of collaboration and the process changes that will facilitate reuse.
Note: Although the course content can be applied to any DITA tool, participants will be asked to download the oXygen editor for use within the course.
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Who should attend?
Attendees must already be proficient in basic DITA, comfortable using authoring tools, but also unafraid of viewing and writing raw XML code as they learn the intricate details of each reuse approach. Instructors cannot take time from the class to tutor participants on standard DITA elements and attributes.