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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: DITA for Doc?
Date Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:09:01 GMT

I am surprised that you did not suggest using the ODF Toolkit.


On Jul 6, 2011, at 2:10 PM, Rob Weir wrote:

> Would it be worth considering using DITA for the documentation/help?
> I love ODF as much as anyone, but DITA was designed specifically for
> technical documentation, and has built-in facilities for making
> modular "topics" that then can be reassembled, with a "map" to
> assemble larger works.  This gives you the ability, for example, to
> have paragraph that only shows up in the Linux version of the doc, but
> not in the Windows version.
> You also get an easy ability, via the DITA Open Toolkit (which is
> Apache 2.0 licensed), to transform the DITA source into a large
> variety of output forms, including:
> ODT (Open Document Format)
> Eclipse Help
> HTML Help
> Java Help
> Eclipse Content
> Word RTF
> Docbook
> Troff
> The authors focus on the structure and content, and the layout and
> styling is deferred until publication time.  So you have a great deal
> of flexibility for targeting the same content to various uses.
> The other nice thing is that DITA is text (well, XML specifically), so
> we use SVN to manage the content, can do diff's, merges, use the
> editor of our choice, etc.
> I'd like to argue for the advantages of DITA as a source format here.
> I can probably find some volunteers to help enabled this.  The
> Symphony team uses DITA for doc/help, and we've already done the work
> of converting much of the OOo help to DITA.
> -Rob

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