Rather than formatting with presentation to end-users in mind, structured documents give priority to grouping information together logically. When used in the right situations, it can make document contents easy to search, update, and reuse. However, many businesses will find structured documentation inefficient and not worth the trouble of implementing.
Darwin Information Typing Architecture, or DITA, provides a formidable toolset for creating and maintaining technical documentation across multiple products and services. DITA allows writers to consider each section in a document as one single unit, and allows writers to then edit individual units accordingly, eliminating the need to rework whole documents manually.
Another CSOFT Annual Operations Summit overview is here with a recap of JoAnn Hackos’ presentation on content management. In today’s day and age, we can very easily find ourselves overloaded with information. As a consumer, it can be chalked up to a bad experience; for suppliers, it’s just bad business. Read today’s post to find out more on content management with the DITA standard and how it plays a role in translation management! See you there!
For those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to attend, the DITA Europe 2010 Conference in Vienna was a rousing success. In this guest entry, Carl Yao, the Vice President of Global Strategy at CSOFT, relates two DITA success stories from companies that saved a ton of money on translation and localization as a direct result of applying XML-based DITA standards to their content development processes. Carl also gives a quick rundown of his own presentation at the conference, “How to Become an Expert Terminologist in 30 Minutes.” Come check it out!