InfoDevDC: DITA, Lightweight DITA, Markdown: Why? And How?

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Do you DITA? Even if you don’t, you might one day. And even if you won’t, you can certainly benefit by learning the thinking that goes into structured authoring.

In this InfoDevDC Meetup, Alan Houser will provide a whirlwind overview of DITA, the in-progress Lightweight DITA specification, and Markdown for technical communication. We will focus on why companies deploy DITA, barriers to deployment, and how the DITA Technical Committee is addressing those barriers. Whether you are currently working in DITA, or are interested in XML and structured authoring, you will find something of value in this session.

After the meetup, we will migrate to a watering hole where we will continue to imbibe the goodness of structured content, among other goodnesses.

6:30 meet and mingle
7:00 talk followed by q&a
8:00 or 8:30 migrate to beerful places tbd

Alan Houser is a technical publishing consultant, trainer, and occasional developer. Alan is a past president and Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and sits on the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and Lightweight DITA Subcommittee. In his spare time, he enjoys engaging his Amazon Echo voice assistant.

Structured Authoring and DITA

Presentation Description

Are you or your company interested in moving towards structured authoring and using DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture) to organize your content? If so, come to our May meeting to learn what structured authoring is and how it is connected to both DITA and effective technical communication. Our speaker will focus on answering the following questions:

  • What is structured authoring?
  • Why do people read our stuff?
  • How does DITA fit in?
  • Is there a method to the madness?

If you are already experienced with structured authoring and DITA, this meeting is a great opportunity to engage in conversation with one of the world’s foremost DITA experts.

About Our Speaker

Julio Vazquez has been involved in technical communications for over 25 years as a writer, team lead and information architect. He was part of the cross-corporate team that developed the XML architecture now known as DITA and remains active in the DITA community on almost a daily basis. He’s the author of Practical DITA and currently works as a DITA consultant.


6:30-7:00 Registration, networking, and DINNER

7:00-7:45 Presentation

7:45-8:15 Q&A and more networking

You can attend remotely. Register to receive the URL. Please also specify on the registration form whether you will attend in person or remotely so that we can plan for refreshments. Use the Eventbrite® form below to register.

We will be recording the presentation and will make it available on our Events Calendar page and our Speakers' Handouts and Presentations page after the event.

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