A Style Guide for DITA Authoring

A session at Technical Communication UK 2012

Wednesday 3rd October, 2012

12:10pm to 12:50pm (GMT)

As more companies implement DITA to streamline the development of documentation and user assistance, best practices for DITA authoring are being established. While the OASIS DITA standard provides rules for the use of elements and attributes, it does not provide clear guidelines for how to practically apply the mark-up, and how to create consistency so that DITA documents can be more readily interchanged. In traditional authoring, a style guide would provide real-world examples and clear recommendations. However, existing style guides are written for style-based authoring, and not for semantic authoring. Tony Self has analysed the way in which DITA has been used, and has developed a DITA Style Guide to fill the gap between the DITA standard and traditional style manuals.

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Time 12:10pm12:50pm GMT

Date Wed 3rd October 2012

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