Wann macht DITA Sinn?

  • Open standard (“Reuse content from subsidiaries, providers, third-party contributors.”)
    Good fit if:
    Your information must be perennial over long period of time
    Your information must be accessible by multiple stakeholders
    • You can use any tool to author and publish the content
    – the information is NOT linked to a specific tool or
    organization
    • You can participate in the development of the standard • The standard evolves with the community and
    information consumption trends
  • Separation of content and styling (“10-25% of time is spent on manual formatting.”)
    Good fit if:
    You can the writers to get out of the formatting business
    You change branding
    You need to update the published content rapidly
    • Format and style are neatly separated
    • Writers spend more time on the content and less
    time on formatting
    • Branding is applied at the time of publishing – no
    tweaking possible
  • Modularity and automated publishing (“70% faster publishing (time)”)
    Good fit if:
    You have multiple contributors and constrained processes
    The documentation set reuses a lot of content
    You have numerous releases of content
    • Faster publishing when reusing topics
    • Don’t submit for review what’s already been
    reviewed, approved, translated…
    • Update only the content that need republishing
  • Single source and structured (“Near-instantaneous publishing to new formats”)
    Good fit if:
    You want a better consistency on multiple formats (PDF, XHTML, embedded help, EPUB)
    You want to constrain the writers to follow a structure
    • Single source enables fast publishing to
    multiple formats
    • Writers follow the pattern designed for each
    information type (task, concept, QA…)
  • Automated linking (“Cut entirely the time spent checking and manually updating links in publications.”)
    Good fit if:
    You want to cut back on quality control for links (external, cross references, navigational)
    You use clickable maps and schemas
    • The links are created automatically from the
    topics available in the deliverable (cross-
    references, external links, table of contents,
    glossaries…)
    • You can also use indirect linking in topics.