DITA or Not?

Lynne A. Price

Text Structure Consulting

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DITA or Not?

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2010
August 3 - 6, 2010


Use of DITA has become so pervasive that some users assume that anyone who inquires about moving to an XML environment must use DITA. Often, the selection of DITA is independent of DITA's strengths such as ease of reuse, specialization, support of distributed authoring, and availability of the Open Toolkit. While numerous DITA case studies have been published, such reports tend to focus on what was accomplished rather than how the approach was chosen, and typically reflect successful implementations in large organizations. This study focusses on why end users, consultants, and tools have chosen to use or to avoid DITA. While this should not be considered an unbiased or scientifically balanced survey, anecdotal evidence such as this can be valuable to organizations faced with similar decisions.