DITA : Practical training

Fully understand the DITA standard in order to produce documentation

Objectifs

Even more hands-on, the new offering of DITA – Practical Training 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 – Practical training 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 – Practical training, 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.

Program

1. Introduction to Modular Structured Content

  • A look back at traditional documentation
  • New challenges for technical documentation
  • Modularize, structure, single-source
  • Brief history: SGML, HTML, XML

 

2. XML Survival Kit for Authors

  • Elements, Attributes
  • DTDs, schemas, RELAX NG
  • Publishing XML: XPath, XSLT, XSL-FO
  • Getting to know Oxygen™

 

3. DITA: A Super XML

  • The authoring advantages of DITA
  • DITA files
  • DITA Open Toolkit
  • Specialization (concepts)
  • Organization of the norm

 

4. Creating Topics

  • Organizing a topic
  • Which tag for which layout?
  • Tags for text (GUI, typos, etc.)
  • Procedures up close (tasks)
  • Links and relationships

 

5. Authoring or re-authoring in DITA

  • Why write otherwise
  • Dividing into topics
  • The choice of words: Linguistic problems

 

6. Applicability (conditional filtering)

  • Principles
  • Building a repository
  • Filtering contents
  • Multi-map context

 

7. Creating a map for a publication

  • Organizing a publication
  • Maps and submap tags
  • Navigation and relationships
  • Bookmap: additional tools

 

8. Strategies for Re-use

  • Re-using branches
  • Re-using segments
  • Creating variables
  • Creating libraries (content references)
  • Dynamic import of content

 

9. Indexes and other metadata

  • Using metadata
  • In Maps, in Topics
  • Naming illustrations
  • Building-up a multilingual Index

 

10. Organizing production

  • Organizing and naming files
  • Organizing teams
  • Workflows to publication
  • Style guide

 

Practical work

Exercises done progressively include:

  • Writing simple XML
  • Creating a Topic List and Map List
  • Creating a Concept
    • Using a summary
    • Becoming familiar with tags
  • Creating Tasks
    • Using Contexts
    • Nesting Concepts
  • Using shared Libraries
    • Glossaries
  • Publication
    • Style Modifications

Prerequisites

Know the technical writing

Target

Document managers- Documentation architects, technical writers

Audience

From 3 to 6 trainees maximum per session

Duration

3 days

Diary

March 10-12, 2021
June 9-11, 2021
September 15-17, 2021
November 8-10, 2021
Other dates can be scheduled on request: info@4dconcept.fr

Are you interested in this training? Contact our trainers.

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