DITA XML Introduction: UCSC Extension Course
UCSC Extension DITA Course: DITA XML Introduction
Course Title: DITA XML Introduction: Reconciling Usability and Reusability (X400.079 BUSAD)
Course Number: 20830
Method of Instruction: Online
Instructor(s): Michael Priestley, B.A.
DITA is the "Holy Grail of Reuse", but reuse without usability only multiplies problems. This course covers not only the basics of the DITA standard — i.e., topics, maps, and specialization — but also guidelines and best practices for the standard that help produce not simply reusable topics but usable, user-centered content that can be reconfigured quickly to meet new product, user, or media requirements.
This online course consists of pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations with assignments, workshops, and discussion, covering:
- Background to DITA: XML, topic-based authoring, and the DITA standard
- The DITA content types: concept, task, reference, and glossary
- DITA maps: how to use maps to plan your information, organize your topics, and manage links and metadata for your deliverables, as part of a task-oriented information architecture and process
- DITA conditional processing and content reuse
- DITA specialization: how to create new content types and maps using DITA's specialization architecture
- Futures of DITA: explore the potential of DITA in Web 2.0, enterprise content strategy, lifecycle and cross-discipline integration
By the end of the course, students will know:
- How DITA relates to XML and topic-based authoring
- How to create titles, short descriptions, and content appropriate for each of the DITA information types
- How to design information deliverables using maps to manage task flows, tables of contents, and related links for the topics you include
- How to filter and flag content based on metadata
- How to reuse content within a topic or map
- How to create new content types or deliverable types using DITA specialization
- How DITA fits into enterprise and Web 2.0 strategies
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