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Published on August 20th, 2006 | by Rahel Bailie

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Robert Anderson talks about some benefits of DITA

Robert Anderson, Chief Architect of the DITA Open Toolkit and member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, talked with IDI about DITA, its benefits, and the role of specialization. DITA, which revolves around content units called topics, much like in online help, which are re-usable in a “mix and match” way. Additionally, the tags can inherit properties that allow you to automate certain tasks (such as prompting the author to include steps in an ordered list) and add settings to process content according to its heirarchy in a structure (such as translating all content that inherit the “translate” property). Hear Robert talk about DITA. – 5.23 MB


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About the Author

Rahel Anne Bailie is a synthesizer of content strategy, requirements analysis, information architecture, and content management to increase the ROI of content. She has consulted for clients in a range of industries, and on several continents, whose aim is to better leverage their content as business assets. Founder of Intentional Design, she is now the Chief Knowledge Officer of London-based Scroll. She is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, she has worked in the content business for over two decades. She is co-author of Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits, and co-editor of The Language of Content Strategy, and is working on her third content strategy book,



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