Presented at DocTrain East 2007 by Alex Karesin -- Wiki-based content authoring is gaining momentum. This simple concept provides exceptional convenience and ease of use for the editors. Ironically, benefits of free-style editing prevent it from penetrating into enterprise environments with stricter content structure and reusability requirements offered by, for example, DITA XML standard. How do you combine convenience of free style writing and advantages of structured, reusable DITA content? The concept of DITA wiki is designed to satisfy both. Alex Karezin shares his experience of creating and adopting DITA content management system that was built by integrating web-based DITA XML editor into wiki and generic CMS.
We will look at wiki platforms from structured authoring perspective; identify suitable candidates, highlight their advantages, review different levels of DITA-wiki integration and summarize efforts required to achieve it. Lastly we will address data migration, survey user experience and draw conclusions.