What Can Metadata DO with DITA?Help you manage content – status, keywords, author, reviewer, proprietorCreate conditional publications – conditional publishing (audience, product, platform…)Communicate with translators – Translation=no, commenting, language…Describe linked information – parents, children, peers… in context
Structure The InformationSearch in the work environments categories, keywords, versionExpose what’s here: faceted searchLink connected information: inheritance,status… 1
Manage The Documentation LibraryManage projects:% completed, author topics, reviewed topics…Plan updates: creation information, reviewControl the production: author, reviewer,translator… 2
Adapt the PublicationsReuse fragments, variables and media resourcesCreate conditional publications: audience = noviceTranslate and send for translation (language,indexing, reading direction) xml:lang = ja-jpControl links: inbound and outbound linking = target only 3
AND, on The Machine Side… Automate processes in the various environments (action on metadata) Optimize the research and discovery of elements, the reuse, the consistency, the usability. 4
Wrapping Up…TC should care about metadata because?• They shape your work environment• They help users access the right information• They enable better control on content in the development team• They interface with machines
I. Check the EnvironmentsIs the metadata enough outside of your workingenvironments? > Are the metadata enough in and out ofcontext: included metadata?> Are the metadata transparent on the finalformats (Web example)?
II. Define Your Style Guide and ProcessChoose the metadata to use…Choose your values – Keywords, versioning…Adapt your methods – What is the impact when using New or Changed ?
III. Structure the InformationThink BIG…What is the real scope of the information in thedocument library? Today? Tomorrow?What is the library scope?Do you need in-house metadata?
IV. Let the Publishing Engine Do its JobSample for the Web