Driving DITA off the Map

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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 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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Driving DITA off the Map

  1. 1. Driving DITA off the Map Jang F.M. Graat
  2. 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. 3. Driving DITA off the Map Toward (Much) More Intelligent Information Disclosure
  4. 4. What’s the problem ?
  5. 5. Minimalism
  6. 6. Only what the user needs
  7. 7. One Size Fits All ?
  8. 8. Who is the user ?
  9. 9. What do they know ?
  10. 10. Progressive disclosure
  11. 11. Workflow diagram
  12. 12. Trouble-shooting
  13. 13. Organizing topics
  14. 14. Where to look ?
  15. 15. Outdated paradigm
  16. 16. Slightly better paradigm
  17. 17. Modern (lazy) paradigm
  18. 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. 19. Can users figure it out ?
  20. 20. User-side configuration
  21. 21. Intelligent disclosure information elements (multiple versions) maps, indexes, cross-refs, search results product a product b product c
  22. 22. c X X X Dynamic toc, index, etc. information elements (multiple versions) a b
  23. 23. Dynamic topic linking information elements (multiple versions) a b c
  24. 24. Only what users need
  25. 25. Questions ? jang @ jang . nl

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