* Is inclined heavily towards self-sufficient information modules
* Lets its basics to be inherited into derived classes
* Borrows its tags from HTML and XHTML
To write in DITA, you need two things:
(i) Know how to think in chunks. Each topic you write must answer one - and only one - of these questions: What is this? How does it work? What should I do to make this work?
(ii) Know what tag to use where. DITA tags are XML tags, governed by the DITA DTDs and schemas.
To keep matters simple, we'll look only at three kinds of topics: concept, task, and reference. Here's more about them (to see a larger picture, click on the picture):
Here's a list of some of the more commonly used tags (to see a larger picture, click on the picture):
In the next blog post, we'll do a short DITA exercise. In the meantime, have a look at this user guide and begin thinking in chunks and tags... (Disambiguation: Read Kai's question - in the comments to this post - and my response to Kai.)
P.S. If you really need more information, here's some reading material about basic concepts and about tags.