XML/DITA Training

This Training is for participants coming from unstructured authoring tools who want to learn to author DITA content. The course will equip users new to structured information with a general understanding of it and how and why it is used.

Topics Covered

  • Unstructured Documentation
    • Fundamental Activities in documentation (Merging Documents, Maintenance, updating and Translatio n).
    • Drawbacks in terms of reusability, interoperability, and maintenance
  • What is structured documentation?
    • Comparative study of structured and unstructured documentation.
    • Early History of Literacy Key Concepts of IBM Information Design" Discussion of Doc ument Reuse
  • Introduction to XML
    • Introduction to XML
    • What is XML?
    • HTML Vs XML
    • XML elements and attributes
    • XML documentation
    • Hierarchy of XML elements
    • Introduction to XML Information Modeling
    • An overview of DTD
    • Expressing your document model as an XML document type definition (DTD)
    • Learning XML terminology and syntax
    • Introduction to XSLT for XML Publishing
    • Formatting output using CSS and XSLT
  • Introduction to DITA
    • What is DITA?
    • Principles and Architecture
    • Introduction to DITA Topics
    • Defining Concept
    • Defining Task
    • Defining Reference
    • DITA Maps and Domains
    • Specialization in DITA
    • Information Modeling for DITA
    • Minimalist Documentation Strategies
  • Migration of legacy content to DITA
    • Steps and procedure
    • Implementation
  • New DITA projects
    • Steps and procedure
    • Implementation
  • X-Metal
    • About XMetaL
    • Introduction to User Interface
    • Using Various Views
    • Working with documents
    • Template
    • Working with DTD and Schema
    • Doctype Declarations
    • Working with Elements and Attributes
    • Working with attributes
    • Working with Entities
    • Working with Lists and Images
    • Working with Tables
    • Working with DITA
    • Creating DITA Topic
    • DITA Maps
    • Map Edition
    • Conditional Text
  • Structured Frame Maker
    • Choosing a workflow
    • Understanding the interaction of DITA and FrameMaker
    • Opening DITA files
    • Saving DITA files
    • Authoring DITA topics
    • Managing elements ID
    • Creating cross-references
    • Creating content references
    • Graphics
    • Tables Indexing Conditional content
    • Organizing topics with DITA maps
    • Creating PDF files
    • Working with DITA open Toolkit
    • Frame Maker’s fm elements
    • Changing formatting of DITA content
    • Modifying DITA structure
    • DITA options
    • Additional resources
  • DITA proof - of - concept prototypes using customer content
  • DITA project designs implementation and reviews
  • Publi shing system implementation
  • Structured input published to multiple output targets
  • Content management system integration
  • Localization and translation
  • Projects
  • Delivery Method

    • Training is designed as Highly Illustrative, interactive and is covered with extensive practical experience.
    • More emphasis on discussions and queries.
    • Case study material, exercises and appropriate handouts for extra reading/knowledge will be provided.