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    • Don’t be afraid of DITA your people will love it  Professor Sissi Closs Hochschule Karlsruhe Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Your people will love it  © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Benefits of using DITA  Dita supports topic-oriented structuring including typing and is a standard.  DITA expertise grows.  Knowledge of how to use DITA grows.  The tool landscape continues to grow. © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Challenges  How to start?  How to structure?  How to organize everything? © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to start? start? Tech Doc Experts Others  Analyze Content  Categorize  Create topic type  Use predefined  templates / forms  Fill-in topics / templates templates Define information architectures © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to start: Tech Doc Experts start: © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to start: Others start: © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to structure? structure? Tech Doc Experts Others         Explicitely tag content Create separate topics Use XML tools Make us of complete feature set Use only preselected tag subset Write content in context Use Wysiwyg tool (no tags) Use simple predefined constructs © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to structure: Tech Doc Experts structure: © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to structure: Others structure: Solution 1      Authors write in a well prepared Word template. VBA macro generates more complex structures. VBA macro generates XML (“simplified DITA”). XSLT generates DITA topics. FrameMaker plug-ins, e.g. for CMS connection, metadata retrieval and update © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • How to structure: Others structure: Solution 2 1. 2. 3. 4. Authors write with basic “normal.dot” Word template VBA macro generates formatted Word document. Editors finalize this Word document. Tool chain as in solution 1:     VBA macro generates more complex structures VBA macro generates XML (“simplified DITA”) XSLT generates DITA topics FrameMaker plug-ins, e.g. for CMS connection, metadata retrieval and update © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Complete Tool Solutions Input DITA environment Publications © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Why people love it       Multiple output (epub format, word, pdf) in good output quality Easy content exchange, combination, and integration Fast results Documentation that looks more professional Less maintainance Not working isolated © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH
    • Questions?  Thank you for your attention www.comet.de © Comet Computer GmbH, Comet Communication GmbH