If you are moving into topic-based authoring using the DITA standard and/or implementing a Content Management System, dosage see the CIDM primer on Information Modeling.
When it comes to converting your current documents to DITA, capsule Jacquie Samuels provides a succinct discussion of what’s involved in this article in TechWhirl.
Getting Started — DITA Style Guide of Best Practices from Tony Self and published by Oxygen is good reference for getting started in DITA authoring.
Working with DITA 1.2 — When you are working in DITA, global burden of disease OASIS has a handy quick reference guide to all DITA 1.2 Elements.
About DITA 1.3 — If you want to learn more about the draft DITA 1.3 specification, you can see this nicely rendered publication from Suite Solutions.
DITA and Translation
This article discusses the role DITA plays in globalizing your content. It also has links to discussions around practices for authors and content managers.
XDocs uses the DITA OT for publishing. For more information about the DITA OT, see the DITA-OT.org documentation
As we find more, linkable useful resources, we will add them to this page.
Bluestream’s flagship product is the XDocs Component Content Management System (CCMS). XDocs is an out-of-the-box enterprise DITA CMS that installs and deploys in hours, syringe
rather than days.
The XDocs CCMS addresses your increasingly complex demands for content.
you and your content team can create, remedy
find, update, manage, translate, and deliver content with unparalleled agility. XDocs components were designed with your authors, reviewers, editors, managers, translators, publishers, and customers in mind.
XDocs allows for the most flexible enterprise content solution.
- XDocs is scalable and can adjust to any number of system users to accommodate growth in your company.
- XDocs is modular, so you can purchase the components that you need now and add more components at any time.
- XDocs is customizable. While the CCMS is fully-functional and feature-rich right out-of-the-box, you can create custom workflows, extended metadata, searches, publishes, and more.
Whether your team includes numerous members who are spread across the globe or a couple of content-creators working in the same office, XDocs delivers incomparable value—allowing you to deliver the most up-to-date content to your customers. XDocs is the most affordable, complete DITA CCMS.
Maximize the value of your content
XDocs allows you to harness the power of DITA and maximize the efficiency for all your technical, marketing, and organizational communications—throughout an entire content lifecycle and into the next.
Learn more about the XDocs CCMS on our Resources page where you will find brochures, webinars, and more.
The XDocs CCMS is a complete content management system includes many features to help you manage DITA and other content, find
manage users and their access to content, manage tasks in automated workflows, manage localizations, and more.
XDocs is tightly integrated with your choice of XML editors XMLmind XML Editor (XXE), Oxygen, Structured FrameMaker, and XMetal; However, XDocs can work with any editors, such as Illustrator and Excel for example.
XDocs ships with a large number of searches, and you can create your own searches, for example, to use with your custom metadata. XDocs also includes a powerful multi-facet browse to help you quickly locate and manage content.
XDocs Reviewer is tightly integrated with XDocs Workflow for the purpose of reviewing content and DITA maps. The Reviewer can run as a web applet to allow non-technical users to easily review and comment on content.
XDocs is a DITA-based component content management system with features that make it easy for you to find the content that needs to be updated, perform the updates, pass the content through your workflows and localization process, and quickly publish the approved, updated content, so your customers have access to the latest information.
XDocs has a Localization management features that allow translation managers to easily and quickly determine the content that needs to be sent out for translation—based on the content version and target languages.
The Localization module handles to packaging and export of content bound for translation and handles the translated content coming in from the LSP, which ensures a smart relationship between your source content and target content.
XDocs also manages your localized target language content in the CMS, heals broken links, manual links, and cross links, and publishes the target content according to your content delivery model.
The Localization module helps deliver on the DITA promise of lowering translation costs by allowing you to send out only modified content for translation. This also makes for a faster translation turnaround and reduces time to market.
Bluestream has created a new Knowledge Base that offers an agile, automated, responsive delivery of your approved source and target content directly from your source server, including video and audio. The Knowledge Base makes content delivery and updates more efficient and effective. Your readers can search, browse, find, and share your approved knowledge assets faster and more efficiently in both HTML and PDF.
Additionally, XDocs comes with many built-in features to support publish to a large variety of output formats, publish content as of certain dates, publish to all languages, and more. XDocs publishing uses the DITA OT and currently supports all DITA 1.2 features.
XDocs has many features to support your content through endless lifecycles, for example, robust mechanisms to handle content versioning and branching, features to allow you to create powerful extended metadata to assist with finding the content you need, and more.
All XDocs modules and features are based on DITA and other open technologies, such as BPMN 2.0 and OWL 2. The XDocs CCMS is a complete content management system, right out-of-the-box, with all of the features that you need to create, manage, and deliver content; however, because it is based on open technologies, the possibilities for extension are endless.
Visit the XDocs Resources page to find more product information such as brochures, webinars, and more.