DITA: Practical training

DITA training course for technical authors

Even more hands-on, the new offering of DITA training course for technical authors is “how to”-oriented starting with your concrete needs in terms of authoring or production organization in DITA mode: How to split content into Topics? How to create an illustration caption? How to insert headings? How to re-use cross-functional data? DITA training course for technical authors starts from your needs and guides you towards DITA, not the other way round.

A publication template is provided to help you remember what you have learned.

4D CONCEPT DITA training course for technical authors, created by DITA specialists based on extensive feedback from DITA customers, gives you the keys to get you up and running quickly.

Each hands-on module is based on exercises prepared with customer data, if necessary, after prior agreement.

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Maximum number of trainees: 6


3 days


March 10-12, 2021


Available on request


Document managers- Documentation architects, technical writers



Our training can be held in-person or remotely.

In 2020, we adapted all our courses to the constraints of distance learning. It is now possible for you to benefit from all our expertise from anywhere, without traveling or seeing us.


By the end of the training, you will understand clearly:

Divide Content into Topics

Building a Topic Tree

Choosing Topic Types

Structure Topics with Main Tags

Use cross-sectional Libraries

Exploit Variables

Create an Index

Create links

Use Metadata

Organize Modular Production

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1. Introduction

  • New challenges for technical documentation
  • Modularize, structure, single-source
  • Brief XML history

2. XML Survival Kit for Authors

  • Elements, Attributes
  • XMLPublishing
  • Getting to know Oxygen™

3. DITA in wide shot

  • A super XML
  • DITA Files
  • Standard Organization

4. Create a Publication

  • Organize a Publication
  • Maps/Bookmaps Tags
  • Navigation and Relationships

5. Creating Topics

  • Write differently
  • Tags under the microscope
  • Links

6. Strategies for Re-use

  • Re-using branches and Topics
  • Re-using segments (Content Ref)
  • Data import

7. Applicability (conditional filtering)

  • Filtering mechanics
  • Create Variables
  • Translation issues

8. Indexes and other metadata

  • Object Metadata
  • Specialization
  • Building a Multilingual Index

9. Organizing production

  • Workflow to Publication
  • Organize the teams
  • Writing Guidelines

Practical work

Exercises performed as you go include:

  • Simple XML writing
  • Creation of List of Topics and Map
  • Concept Creation
  • Tasks Creation
  • Creation and use of Libraries
  • Using Variables
  • Preview of different publication types


Assessment methods:
The evaluation of the achievements will be carried out by the trainer at the end of the course.

Update May 2022

Handicap accessible

4D CONCEPT is committed to making training available to everyone.
Our centers are accessible to people with reduced mobility, and our teams are responsible for providing the best possible support to participants with disabilities, whatever they may be, throughout their training course.
Please contact us at the following address psh-accueil@.4dconcept.fr to better understand your request and its feasibility.

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