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DITA is Not Just for Software: How and Why DITA Has Spread to Other Industry Sectors

Sponsored by: CIDM
Presenter: Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
Date Recorded: June 25, 2015
Duration: 90 minutes


While software firms are still the highest percentage of DITA-using firms, DITA has more recently caught on in a myriad of other industry sectors as well. Keith Schengili-Roberts (DITA Information Architect at IXIASOFT, also known as “DITAWriter”) has done extensive research on who is using DITA and has delved into some of the more interesting ways in which DITA is being used. With a particular emphasis on the growth of DITA usage in the semiconductor and medical device sectors, Keith’s talk provides some additional perspective on the “how” and “why” DITA is being used in sectors other than software.

Target audience: Documentation Managers and Information Architects who are interested in learning more about how DITA is being used outside of the core software sector. While the presentation focuses on how DITA has been implemented within other key industry sectors, much of the information will be of interest to anyone looking to implement DITA or wanting to compare their experiences to others.

Takeaways: This presentation provides insight into how DITA’s inherent adaptability has made it useful across many industry sectors, and looks at how the specific needs, processes and regulatory requirements make for changes in the way DITA has been implemented. DITA implementations are not the same for everybody, and audience members will learn how other companies have worked with DITA and used it strengths to their advantage.

Knowledge requirements: None, save for an interest in structured content/DITA and how it is being applied in the real world.


Keith is a DITA Information Architect at IXIASOFT, DITA evangelist and technical writing nerd. Keith is also an award-winning lecturer on Information Architecture at the University of Toronto?s iSchool, and Durham College. He is also an active member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, and can often be found presenting at conferences, working with customers, and researching how DITA is being used and sharing those results with the DITA community. Keith's popular industry blog has become a focal point on DITA resources and best practices. Connect with Keith on Twitter @KeithIXIASOFT.


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