Plug-in Pitfalls

DITA Open Toolkit’s default output is meant to be customized, and the recommended way to do this is to create plug-ins to get what you need.

Custom plug-ins can be simple or complex, built by novices or experts, and designed in many different ways. Given all the options, what does a good plug-in look like, and how can you avoid things that are known to cause problems?

This presentation provides an overview of best practices and coding conventions for DITA Open Toolkit plug-ins, and includes suggestions for making your custom plug-ins easier to upgrade and maintain.

Meet the Presenter

Roger is an Information Architect based in Potsdam, Germany. He teaches Information Architecture in the master’s degree program in Content Strategy at FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria.

As a collaborator on the DITA Open Toolkit project, he helps maintain the DITA-OT documentation.

As an independent consultant, he develops custom plug-ins for the DITA Open Toolkit, provides DITA training and advises start-ups and global corporations on content re-use strategies, automated publication processes and “docs as code” workflows.

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