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Using Short Descriptions for Search Engine Optimization

In this blog entry, Joe Storbeck provides his views on one of the biggest reasons to build a strong Short Description strategy: SEO.

In the beginning...

Open book with empty pages

Here's a look at The DITA Writer's interviews with two DITA pioneers, Don Day and Michael Priestley and their memories of DITA's birth.


DITA Treasures

Old frail treasure map

Are you braving the wilds of the web looking for information on DITA? Are you hunting through dusty stacks of your library? (Yes, libraries do still exist!) Or have you mounted an expedition to a bookstore? (Perhaps more rare than a library, but they too are still around.) Well, I'm here to help. This post covers some of the best caches of valuable DITA  assets.

Where DITA Calls Home

Bird brining dita back to the nest

In an earlier post, I wrote about the history of DITA and where it came from. Today, I thought I would give you some information about DITA's current caretakers.

Looking for trouble with DITA 1.3

Hole in the shape of a question mark with a ladder going down

One of the results of good technical documentation is reducing calls to your product's help desk. DITA 1.3 has added new features to help you create better troubleshooting topics. Let's take a look at them.

DITA 1.3 is 3 in1

A black circle with a three in it and another black circle with a 1 in it

With DITA 1.3 you get three in one. That is, the newly approved standard contains three different editions for three different audiences.

A Celebratory Year for DITA!

Multi-colored fireworks at night over water

The year 2015 saw two important milestones for DITA. June was the 10th anniversary of the approval of DITA 1.0 as an OASIS standard. And on December 17th, the latest standard 1.3, was approved.

Before we take a look at DITA 1.3, let's review how DITA came to be and how it has progressed.

DITA 1.3 is on the way!

Coming soon sign

Members of the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Technical Committee have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot to advance Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS).

My presentation from CMS/DITA NA 2015

In April, I had the honor and pleasure to present at the 2015 Content Management Strategies/DITA North America (CMS/DITA NA) in Chicago. Hosted by the Center for Information Development Management, CMS/DITA NA featured a program of more than 75 presentations regarding DITA.

One Dataset--Multiple Documents

One of the most useful features in DITA is Conditional Processing (or Profiling), which allows you to use the same set of source files to create different versions of your documentation. Content is marked in a way that you can filter out entire topics, paragraphs, sentences, and even words.

DITA offers a set of standard profiling attributes that are applicable to most elements. Those attributes are: 


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