Thursday, March 4, 2010


My attempt to answer a question that keeps coming my way at regular intervals: isn't DITA-OT the same as DITA?
Short answer: No. Longer answer: Read on.
What is the full form Darwin Information Type Architecture DITA Open Toolkit
What is it A standard. An XML-based architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information A set of Java-based, open-source tools for processing DITA files
What is the latest stable version 1.1 1.5
Where is itOASIS DITA Technical Committee Sourceforge
Who owns it OASIS DITA Technical Committee Err, nobody. It's an open-source implementation licenced under CPL 1.0 and Apache Licence v2.0
When's the next update 1.2, under development since 2007 (track what's happening) 1.5.1, planned as a point release for DITA 1.2 and to coincide with the DITA 1.2 release



urvashi said...

What is the best way to learn technical tools for tech writing? There are so many and I just know the basics..

Anonymous said...


I suggest going for a crash course on tools at a tech writing institute. Once you are familiar with the interface, get some free licences, install it on your home machine and start experimenting. Maybe you could create a written sample using these tools and these samples could be used in your job interviews as well.