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Learning DITA on your Own

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Want to learn DITA but don't want to spend a lot of money? Discover free and cheap resources for creating and publishing DITA content.

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Learning DITA on your Own

  1. 1. Learning DITA On Your Own Christina Mayr • April 19, 2019 Speedcon @ NCSU
  2. 2. Have you ever tried to learn DITA on your own?
  3. 3. What do I need? 1. A learning objective 2. A basic understanding of XML/DITA 3. A text editor 4. Sample content 5. DITA Open Toolkit (for publishing)
  4. 4. Why do you want to learn DITA? Just curious Get a job working in DITA Be more marketable
  5. 5. Dita 101 in 5 minutes Semantic tags create topics <topic> <body> <p> <ul> <li> <note> Topics are organized into maps <map> <topic> <topic> <topic> <topic> <topic> Maps are published Why DITA? ● Content reuse ● Multiple output publishing ● Easier translation ● Increased productivity ● Enforceable style and design
  6. 6. Take Some Classes (Recommended!) www.learningdita.com (FREE!) www.udemy.com/technical-writing- how-to-write-using-dita-xml/ ($25) cherryleaf.teachable.com/p/advanced -technical-communication ($36/mo)
  7. 7. Prefer to Read? Online Tutorials www.xmlmind.com/tutorials/DITA/index.html www.publishingsmarter.com/resources/books- and-articles/dita-primer-learn-dita Books →
  8. 8. Get a Text Editor
  9. 9. Get Sample Content ● oXygen & easyDITA include sample content with free trial ● https://techwhirl.com/dita-starter-kit- everything-need-jump-dita/ (bottom of page) ● https://wiki.oasis-open.org/dita- adoption/ditaSourceSets
  10. 10. Download the Open Toolkit www.dita-ot.org/
  11. 11. Recommend Steps for Getting STarted Use easyDITA free trial to get comfortable. Edit sample content and create a few new topics. Publish! Open your content in oXygen and keep adding topics until you have ~10 pages. Publish using DITA OT.
  12. 12. Content for DITA Practice How-to guides inspired by your everyday life: ● How to use the NCSU parking permit reservation system (and other confusing university websites) ● How to load a dishwasher ● How to watch TV without cable ● How to optimize your LinkedIn profile for the most views ● How to cook healthy meals without a stove
  13. 13. Want to Get More Advanced? 1. Investigate reuse: a. Conref b. Keyref c. Conkeyref 2. Use filtering (ditaval) to create two outputs from a single source. 3. Create a custom plugin. (HTML is easier.)
  14. 14. @christinaemayr christinaemayr@gmail.com