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Publications in DITA are handled via dita maps. Even with conditions and DITAVAL options, these are inherently static and bound to an old book type paradigm. In this presentation I am trying to......

Publications in DITA are handled via dita maps. Even with conditions and DITAVAL options, these are inherently static and bound to an old book type paradigm. In this presentation I am trying to outline a new paradigm, where the disclosure of information is made truly dynamic. Doing away with maps or at least with one single top-level map that defines all content. Having a dynamic information disclosure layer in place may prepare our technical content for the fast-moving world of today (which will move even faster tomorrow).

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  • 1. Driving DITA off the Map Jang F.M. Graat
  • 2. Who’s talking ? • Jang F.M. Graat • Amsterdam • Part-time tech comms specialist (25+ years) • Full-time philosopher • Box ? What box ? • Addicted to challenge
  • 3. Driving DITA off the Map Toward (Much) More Intelligent Information Disclosure
  • 4. What’s the problem ?
  • 5. Minimalism
  • 6. Only what the user needs
  • 7. One Size Fits All ?
  • 8. Who is the user ?
  • 9. What do they know ?
  • 10. Progressive disclosure
  • 11. Workflow diagram
  • 12. Trouble-shooting
  • 13. Organizing topics
  • 14. Where to look ?
  • 15. Outdated paradigm
  • 16. Slightly better paradigm
  • 17. Modern (lazy) paradigm
  • 18. What is installed ? A B C D E F G H GUI a X X X X GUI b X X X GUI c X X library 1 X X X library 2 X X X X X X library 3 X X X X .NET X X X X SQL X X X PHP X X X X
  • 19. Can users figure it out ?
  • 20. User-side configuration
  • 21. Intelligent disclosure information elements (multiple versions) maps, indexes, cross-refs, search results product a product b product c
  • 22. c X X X Dynamic toc, index, etc. information elements (multiple versions) a b
  • 23. Dynamic topic linking information elements (multiple versions) a b c
  • 24. Only what users need
  • 25. Questions ? jang @ jang . nl