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From Mathias Bauer <>
Subject Re: DITA for Doc?
Date Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:52:15 GMT
Hi Simon,

that's the question that needs to be answered. So far we just discuss
from a technical POV.

Nevertheless it should be seen that currently we have nothing except a
home brewn set of macros that never has been used outside of the Hamburg
lab (AFAIK). Whoever will be the people to create help content, they
might see DITA as an improvement, because everything is better than
nothing. Frank pointed to some possible problems with existing content,
and I for myself see a problem with the help content provider and the
existing tool chain, but that could be checked once we will have found
out what people want to use.


On 07.07.2011 12:59, Simon Phipps wrote:

> Is this something that the committers actually planning to do the work want?
> It's not been clear to me which of the voices of this thread are among their
> number.
> Cheers
> S.
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> Would it be worth considering using DITA for the documentation/help?
>> I love ODF as much as anyone, but DITA was designed specifically for
>> technical documentation, and has built-in facilities for making
>> modular "topics" that then can be reassembled, with a "map" to
>> assemble larger works.  This gives you the ability, for example, to
>> have paragraph that only shows up in the Linux version of the doc, but
>> not in the Windows version.
>> You also get an easy ability, via the DITA Open Toolkit (which is
>> Apache 2.0 licensed), to transform the DITA source into a large
>> variety of output forms, including:
>> PDF
>> ODT (Open Document Format)
>> Eclipse Help
>> HTML Help
>> Java Help
>> Eclipse Content
>> Word RTF
>> Docbook
>> Troff
>> The authors focus on the structure and content, and the layout and
>> styling is deferred until publication time.  So you have a great deal
>> of flexibility for targeting the same content to various uses.
>> The other nice thing is that DITA is text (well, XML specifically), so
>> we use SVN to manage the content, can do diff's, merges, use the
>> editor of our choice, etc.
>> I'd like to argue for the advantages of DITA as a source format here.
>> I can probably find some volunteers to help enabled this.  The
>> Symphony team uses DITA for doc/help, and we've already done the work
>> of converting much of the OOo help to DITA.
>> -Rob

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