Wednesday, 10 August 2016

XML, DITA and Structured Authoring using FrameMaker in Technical Writing

Course Description
The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an end-to-end, XML-based architecture for authoring, managing, and publishing your organization's technical content. DITA was designed to meet the evolving needs of organizations in the face of today's business requirements — for managing and publishing content for multiple products, multiple audiences, and multiple output formats... Larger organizations increasingly prefer DITA to proprietary document storage formats, as DITA offers significant efficiency and usability advantages. But DITA is not limited to large organizations; it makes good sense for projects of any size to be moved to the DITA architecture. This course provides an overview of DITA, its capabilities, and its possibilities for transforming your technical publishing processes.

1. Unstructured Documentation
1.1. Fundamental Activities in documentation (Merging Documents, Maintenance, updations and Translation)
1.2. Drawbacks in terms of reusability, interoperability, and maintenance

2. What is structured documentation?
2.1. Comparative study of structured and unstructured documentation
2.2. Early History of Literacy Key Concepts of IBM Information Design" Discussion of Document Reuse

3. Introduction to XML
3.1. Introduction to XML
3.2. What is XML?
3.3. HTML Vs XML
3.4. XML elements and attributes
3.5. XML documentation
3.6. Hierarchy of XML elements
3.7. Introduction to XML Information Modeling
3.8. An overview of DTD
3.9. Expressing your document model as an XML document type definition (DTD)
3.10. Learning XML terminology and syntax
3.11. Introduction to XSLT for XML Publishing
3.12. Formatting output using CSS and XSLT

4. Introduction to DITA
4.1. What is DITA?
4.2. Principles and Architecture
4.3. Introduction to DITA Topics
4.4. Defining Concept
4.5. Defining Task
4.6. Defining Reference
4.7. DITA Maps and Domains
4.8. Specialization in DITA
4.9. Information Modeling for DITA
4.10. Minimalist Documentation Strategies

5. Migration of legacy content to DITA
5.1. Steps and procedure
5.2. Implementation

6. New DITA projects
6.1. Steps and procedure
6.2. Implementation

7. Structured FrameMaker
7.1. Choosing a workflow
7.2. Understanding the interaction of DITA and FrameMaker
7.3. Opening DITA files
7.4. Saving DITA files
7.5. Authoring DITA topics
7.6. Managing elements ID
7.7. Creating cross-references
7.8. Creating content references
7.9. Graphics
7.10. Tables Indexing Conditional content
7.11. Organizing topics with DITA maps
7.12. Creating PDF files
7.13. Working with DITA open Toolkit
7.14. FrameMaker’s fm elements
7.15. Changing formatting of DITA content
7.16. Modifying DITA structure
7.17. DITA options
7.18. Additional resources

8. DITA proof-of-concept prototypes using customer content

9. DITA project designs implementation and reviews

10. Publishing system implementation
10.1. Structured input published to multiple output targets

11. Content management system integration

12. Localization and translation


 The Author is working for KBufferIndia, one of the premier Institutes in Technical Writing.







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