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Author Evia, Carlos

Title Creating Intelligent Content with Lightweight DITA
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (237 pages)
Series ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication Ser
ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Figures; Preface; Reference; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Chapter 1: Revisiting the Future of Technical Communication; An Introduction to XML in Technical Communication; Much Ado About DITA; DITA, Why Go Lightweight?; Computational Thinking and the Evolution of DITA; Structuring Intelligent Content with LwDITA; Computer Code for Human Authors; Notes; References; Chapter 2: Before Intelligent Content, There Was the Computer Manual; John Carroll Takes the Stand; Our Obsession with Order and Rules
Implementation of Elements: DITA is BornA Topic by Any Other Name . . .; Notes; References; Chapter 3: How DITA Evolved into LwDITA; The Slow and Methodical Development of LwDITA; LwDITA and Information MappingĀ®: The Merger that Wasn't; LwDITA Expands Beyond XML; Does DITA Need Tags?; LwDITA Topical Conventions; Note; References; Chapter 4: The LwDITA Initial Authoring Formats; XDITA; HDITA; MDITA; Intended audiences for MDITA; An Important Rule About "Mixed Content" in LwDITA; Is there a LwDITA App?; Notes; References; Chapter 5: The LwDITA Map Components; Revisiting the DITA Map
Transforming LwDITA MapsNotes; References; Chapter 6: The LwDITA Topic Components; Basic topic components; Metadata Components; Multimedia Components; All Together Now: Cross-format Authoring in LwDITA; So, Is My Content Intelligent Now?; Notes; References; Chapter 7: The Abstractions Behind Intelligent Content; Intelligent Content Needs Computational Thinking; Evaluating Content Developers as Computational Thinkers; Abstractions in the Intelligent Content Process; Exploring Intelligent Content-development Lifecycles; References; Chapter 8: Abstractions in the LwDITA Content Lifecycle
Layer 1: Developing a Content StrategyLayer 2: Authoring Modular Content with LwDITA; Layer 3: Separating Content from Presentation and Context; Layer 4: Linking Topics and Maps for Collection and Reuse; Layer 5: Processing and Producing Deliverables; Layer 6: Preparing for the Future; Notes; References; Conclusion: Remaking the Future of Technical Communication with LwDITA; What is in it for You?; Note; References; Index
Summary Creating Intelligent Content with Lightweight DITA documents the evolution of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) - a widely used open standard for structuring technical content. DITA has grown in popularity and features since its origins as an internal grammar for structuring technical documentation at IBM. This book introduces Lightweight DITA (LwDITA, which should be read as "Lightweight DITA") as a proposed version of the DITA standard that reduces its dependence on complex Extensible Markup Language (XML) structures and simplifies its authoring experience. This volume aims to reconcile discrepancies and similarities in methods for authoring content in industry and academia and does so by reporting on DITA's evolution through the lens of computational thinking, which has been connected in scholarship and media to initiatives for learning to code and programming. Evia's core argument is that if technical communicators are trained with principles of rhetorical problem solving and computational thinking, they can create structured content in lightweight workflows with XML, HTML5, and Markdown designed to reduce the learning curve associated with DITA and similar authoring methodologies. At the same time, this book has the goal of making concepts of structured authoring and intelligent content easier to learn and teach in humanities-based writing and communication programs. This book is intended for practitioners and students interested in structured authoring or the DITA standard
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Subject Darwin Information Typing Architecture.
Technical writing -- Data processing
Writing -- Automation.
Information organization -- Computer programs
Darwin Information Typing Architecture
Technical writing -- Data processing
Writing -- Automation
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781351187503