A powerful standard shaping written communication

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an open standard for creating, structuring, and distributing content. At its essence, it offers a model for writing basic building blocks of content that can be organized and reused easily across platforms.

Unstructured content is content that exists in silos that are not connected by a data structure. Imagine information buried in Word documents, slides, PDFs, or emails across a range of individual locations within an organization. Moving your information to a structured source like DITA offers substantial benefits from both a business and a technical perspective.

What is DITA? A getting started guide.

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Business management benefits

  • Publishing: DITA content can be published to many different formats and devices, reducing costs for publication and distribution.
  • Content creation: DITA’s standard of topic-based authoring makes it easy to reuse content already in place, cutting down on time and cost.
  • Updating and version control: DITA allows for authors to make a change once and have it updated in all relevant documents, eliminating outdated information and maintaining consistent version control.
  • Translation: DITA makes localization cheaper by only sending updated content for translation, significantly reducing translation costs.

Technical benefits

  • Reuse: DITA eliminates copying and pasting mistakes, providing a methodology to effectively re-purpose content.
  • Formatting: DITA’s open standard makes publishing consistent across multiple formats.
  • Collaboration: DITA allows for edits, comments, and reviews to be made to a single source so everyone is on the same page.
  • Scalability: DITA was designed by IBM to resolve their problems but it can be effectively used by small companies as well.