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LearningDITA Live 2018 sessions

Sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and then 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time each day.

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February 26, 2018

DITA overview

10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.

New to DITA? Not sure what all the fuss is about? In this session, you’ll learn DITA basics so that the rest of LearningDITA Live will make sense to you. No prior knowledge of DITA or XML is required for this session.

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You got DITA in my minimalism! You got minimalism in my DITA!

11 a.m.  -  noon

Although you don’t need DITA to write according to minimalism principles and you can certainly take a non-minimal approach when writing in DITA, the two go together like chocolate and peanut butter. In this presentation, Dawn explores the relationship between DITA, minimalism, and other technical communication best practices, demonstrating how each aligns with and complements… Read More >

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Teaching (and learning) with DITA at the college level

1 p.m.  -  2 p.m.

The professor is the student in this adventure, twelve years in the making, of teaching DITA as an authoring standard and methodology for technical documentation. The cast features several generations of Professional and Technical Writing students in a Department of English. There is drama about XML and XSLT code, but also comedy over successful transformations,… Read More >

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The business value of DITA

2 p.m.  -  3 p.m.

Content creators tend to focus on technical aspects of DITA, like formatting automation and the enforcement of structure patterns. But business leaders care about recurring costs and time to market. In this presentation, Sarah describes how to communicate the value of DITA in terms that your executives will understand: accelerating time to market, reducing recurring… Read More >

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February 27, 2018

Improving the quality of your DITA documentation

10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.

An exploration of various ways to improve the overall quality of DITA documentation. The methods that we will discuss include: integrating a style guide into your writing process, imposing Schematron rules to help maintain consistency and accuracy throughout a documentation team, using Schematron quick fixes to offer automatic proposals that will help authors solve documentation… Read More >

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Localization strategy for DITA

11 a.m.  -  noon

Many organizations move to DITA primarily to resolve localization issues. Content reuse and multichannel publishing can expedite publishing and reduce the amount of content that requires translation. If you need to publish content in multiple languages and are working in DITA or thinking about it, this session is for you. We will discuss the benefits… Read More >

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Managing DITA projects in the real world

1 p.m.  -  2 p.m.

A DITA implementation is not just a matter of picking tools. In fact, software selection is usually the easiest part of a DITA project. To ensure project success, you need to identify and align the requirements of affected departments. Learn what it really takes to implement DITA: managing people, content modeling, evaluating tools and vendors,… Read More >

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Faster content, better healthcare: improving cancer diagnostics with electronic delivery

2 p.m.  -  3 p.m.

Quick access to cancer staging information leads to faster diagnoses and improves patient care—which is a challenge when the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Cancer Staging Manual is only available in print. What if the manual’s content were integrated into electronic medical records to help doctors find the information they need via API instead?… Read More >

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February 28, 2018

Getting started with DITA and Adobe FrameMaker 2017 in less than one hour

10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.

It’s often heard: DITA is difficult and expensive and “only for the big ones.” But that’s not true. Getting started with DITA can be very easy and fast and does not bust your budget at all. In this session, Stefan Gentz, Worldwide Technical Communication Evangelist at Adobe, will give a kick start to DITA authoring… Read More >

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DITA for agile documentation

11 a.m.  -  noon

Based on a project in the automotive industry, this case study describes authoring and delivering developer documentation for an agile project. It shows how to integrate technical writing with the infrastructure and processes of the development and test teams. Ulrike will also show how to combine information from different sources in content delivery, including DITA-based… Read More >

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DITA specialization overview

1 p.m.  -  2 p.m.

Specialization in DITA enables you to create new designs (topic types, elements, attributes) from existing designs. It is one of the cornerstones of DITA. The flexibility introduced by specialization is one of the reasons for DITA’s success. This session explores the various reasons for employing DITA specialization, the different types of specializations that are possible,… Read More >

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Developing learning content in DITA

2 p.m.  -  3 p.m.

DITA includes a Learning and Training specialization for learning content. In this session, Simon describes how to use the L&T topics and elements to plan, create, organize, and publish instructional content. The session also covers the advantages and disadvantages of creating DITA-based learning content.

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March 1, 2018

Starting small with structured content management

10:00 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m.

Getting started with structured content management can be daunting if you’ve been tasked with completely overhauling your organization’s content strategy. There are so many things to consider that deciding where to begin can seem like one of your biggest challenges. There are plenty of clichés appropriate to this situation: the journey of a thousand miles… Read More >

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Delivering a consistent content experience. Everywhere. Everyday.

11 a.m.  -  noon

Increasing presence in global markets is exciting for any company, but does not come without growing pains. Crown Equipment Corporation needed to expedite content authoring and translation while maintaining consistency across technical communication, training, user and software content, in dozens of languages for different geographic markets. Learn how Scriptorium aided Crown with a DITA implementation… Read More >

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When conversion makes sense

1 p.m.  -  2 p.m.

This session will discuss how to design a conversion to DITA for maximum effectiveness. We’ll talk about what’s automatable, how to decide on automation vs. a manual process vs. re-authoring, and how to identify redundant content in your document so that it can be standardized in modules. You’ll gain insight on when you should do… Read More >

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InDesign and DITA

2 p.m.  -  3 p.m.

For most PDF requirements, we can publish from DITA via XSL-FO. DITA and InDesign provides an alternative when the final PDF or print output needs custom formatting that goes beyond what we can do in an automated workflow. In this session, Jake describes what factors require InDesign-based publishing, and provides an overview of the process.

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