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Technical Writing: Common DITA XML Map and Topic Elements

A shortcut to writing software documentation in DITA XML using Oxygen XML Author.

4.69 (13 reviews)

Technical Writing: Common DITA XML Map and Topic Elements

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2 hours

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Apr 2021

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What you will learn

DITA XML Topic Elements

DITA XML Map Elements

Task Topic Type

Concept Topic Type

Reference Topic Type


Description

Are you confused and overwhelmed by the number of elements you need to learn as a DITA XML technical writer? Do you wonder which are the elements you must use to simply write your software documentation fast?  Or you simply need a refresher on which are the most often used elements in DITA XML?

If yes, this course is for you!

If you are a technical writer, looking to improve your knowledge and skills related to DITA XML, you should know the DITA XML map and topic elements well.

JPDocu School of Technical Writing has providing instructor-led and self-paced courses on technical writing, DITA XML, and information architecture to thousands of students worldwide. In this course, Jordan Stanchev, User Assistance Development Architect at a Fortune 500 software development company, is sharing his vast knowledge in DITA XML and Oxygen XML Author.

One of the major challenges authors have with DITA XML is the sheer amount of elements that you have to learn just to start writing. There are currently initiatives happening in the OASIS compete that define the DITA standard to simplify and reduce the number of elements you can use (Lightweight DITA XML project).

But is that really needed? Will it help you when you have a more complex scenario to document?

If you are a DITA XML technical writer, you should know the most frequently and commonly used DITA XML elements from DITA 1.3 specification. The consequence of having this knowledge will be that you should be able to write the documentation you need without giving up on any benefits and functionality of DITA.


In this course, you will learn:


Introduction & Installing the Tool for Writing - 10 min

How to get started writing in DITA XML. You will follow the steps to download and install one of the best DITA XML editors - Oxygen XML Author.


DITA XML Elements - 45 min

Which are the DITA XML map elements that you would use frequently to organize the structure of your content? You will need:

  • mapref to reference one DITA XML map to another;

  • navref to switch the writing context between deliverables;

  • topicref to structure and organize your topics;

  • topichead to create a title to group together content underneath it.

This followed by a demo on how to use all these elements in an end-to-end scenario.


DITA XML Topics and Topic Elements - 1 hour 25 min

DITA is a semantic language. It follows the principles of minimalism and structured topic-based writing.

You will understand the most frequently used DITA XML topic types: Task, Concept, and Reference.

I would dare to say that Task is the most important template for writing for a technical writer. It focuses on properly structuring and writing the content of each instruction you write.

You will see also specifics around more tricky DITA XML topic elements - such as the table and section elements, that help you better organize your documentation.

This all followed by a demo on how to use each of these elements.

You will perform short and straight-to-the-point exercises following the instructor's step-by-step demos.


What is not included in this course?

This is not a complete and exhaustive list of DITA XML elements.

One of the most complicated aspects of DITA is related to the way-too-many elements that are available. In this course, we try to simplify it to help you get started quickly, instead of trying to cover every possible DITA aspect.

Try it out and up your DITA XML writing skills! Remember, technical writing is easy - after all, it is just plain docu!



Content

Introduction

Introduction

What Will You Learn?

Installing a Tool for Writing with DITA

How to Get Started Writing in DITA?

Installing a Tool for Writing with DITA

Installing Oxygen XML Author

DITA XML Map Elements

DITA Map Elements

map Element

mapref Element

navref Element

topicref Element

topichead Element

The Complete List of Supported DITA Map Elements

Create a DITA Map

Demo - Part 1 - End-to-end Process Steps

Demo: Part 2 - the DITA Map Elements

DITA XML Topic Elements

Common DITA Topic Types

How to Create DITA XML Task Topic

Demo: Create a DITA Task Topic

Demo: Creating a Table in DITA XML

Exercise: Create a Table

How to Create a Topic Section in DITA XML

Syntax of the Section Element in DITA Topics

Demo: Create a Section in a DITA Topic

How to Create DITA XML Concept Topic

Demo: Create a DITA Concept Topic

How to Create DITA XML Reference Topic

Demo: Create a DITA Reference Topic


Reviews

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Samuel8 June 2021

this thorough course is very well organised. I recommend that as it stands to be very informative on writing to make others understand what the product is . The hints and everything here are necessary to make business life more comfortable. Thank you for the course.

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Edrice14 April 2021

I have tried to understand DITA XML on my own and was overwhelmed. This course so far has exceeded my expectations on being able to understand the topic.


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