What Is DITA

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What is DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture or Document Information Typing Architecture)?

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The Darwin Information Typing Architecture or Document Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an XML data model for authoring and publishing. It is an open standard that is defined and maintained by the OASIS DITA Technical Committee. The name derives from the following components:

  • Darwin: it uses the principles of specialization and inheritance, which is in some ways analogous to the naturalist Charles Darwin's concept of evolutionary adaptation,
  • Information typing, which means each topic has a defined primary objective (procedure, glossary entry, troubleshooting information) and structure,
  • Architecture: DITA is an extensible set of structures.

Versions of DITA specifications:

DITA 1.3   October 2016
DITA 1.2   December 2010
DITA 1.1   August 2007
DITA 1.0   July 2005

For more information on DITA, see OASIS DITA Website.

 

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