Publishing Out of the Box with the DITA-OT

Presentation Abstract

You have just started experimenting with DITA maps and topics and you’re wondering just how much you can do with the DITA-OT out of the box? Plenty, actually.

Let’s see how you can control certain aspects of your publications directly from the command line, through property files, in Ant builds or through publication scenarios in your editor or CCMS. Parameters you might need most often involve output format, filter files, linking, labels and basic styling.

It’s worth giving them a try, before starting developing custom OT plugins and extensions.

What can attendees expect to learn?

You are experimenting with DITA content and you’re wondering how much control you have when publishing with the DITA-OT out of the box? See how to set the output format, filter files, linking, labels, basic styling and other parameters, directly from the command line, through property files, in Ant builds or through publication scenarios in your content tools.

Meet the Presenter

Magda Caloian (@thinkDITA) is Information Architect at Vestas Wind Systems A/S in Denmark and since 2016 she organises monthly DITA users meetups by Lake Constance, Germany. Her work has a double focus: “I assist content writers and managers to discover and adopt the best author experience for their teams; at the same time, I remind writers that documentation has to be easy to find, easy to understand, easy to use.” Her over 15-year experience in technical communication as Information Architect, Consultant and DITA Trainer, along with a BA in Management, an MSc in Project Management, and tekom certification in Technical Communication, shaped an interesting mix of expertise in structured documentation, DITA, and information systems implementation.

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