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Introduction to DITA

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Learn what DITA is and why you might need it to create documentation.
These are the slides from a presentation we gave at Write the Docs/PDX DITA joint meetup in December of 2014.

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Introduction to DITA

  1. 1. Introduction to DITA Leona B. Campbell and Melanie Jennings Docs Team @ Jive
  2. 2. Leona Campbell, leona.campbell@jivesoftware.com, @runleonarun Melanie Jennings, melanie.jennings@jivesoftware.com, @seniortechwritr © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 2
  3. 3. What is DITA and why use it?
  4. 4. Authoring and Publishing Challenges © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 4
  5. 5. Automating and specializing output, while keeping costs down. How can DITA help? • Cheap to get started • Automate and Specialize OOTB • Keep costs down if you invest some time • Comes with an active community you can use Build & Automation Challenges Building Help with DITA is like building a snowperson. © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 5
  6. 6. Output Challenges Can you really have it all? With DITA, you can make beautiful Help and serve it up however your audience wants it. DITA output is made-to-order! © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 6
  7. 7. Example: Toolkit Sample Walk-through in Oxygen
  8. 8. Do I Need DITA? A Quiz! Do I need: • To spend less time formatting? • To publish many versions, audiences, platforms, etc? • To publish in many formats (HTML5, ePub, webhelp with feedback, PDF, etc.)? • To provide in-product Help content? • To translate all of this? • An awesome, scalable solution? © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 8
  9. 9. Learn More about DITA • Dita.xml.org • Yahoo DITA users group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dita-users/info) • DITA Awareness Group or PDX DITA on LinkedIn • PDX DITA group and website: pdxdita.ditamap.com • Oxygen Support • Call, tweet, or email us Some recommended books: • DITA Best Practices by Laura Bellamy • DITA 101 by Ann Rockley • DITA for Print by Leigh White © 2014 Jive Software, Inc. All rights reserved | Jive Confidential Page 9
  10. 10. Q & A
  11. 11. Leona Campbell, leona.campbell@jivesoftware.com, @runleonarun Melanie Jennings, melanie.jennings@jivesoftware.co m, @seniortechwritr

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