Content Management Strategies/The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) North America 2010
April 19 - 21, 2010
Santa Clara, CA
Implementing Writing Patterns Using DITA
Presenters: Dana Spradley, Oracle; Ultan Ó Broin, Oracle
DITA provides an ideal platform for implementing a pattern language for help topics - what we've been calling "writing patterns" at Oracle.
The idea of using a pattern language to capture and communicate best design practices began in architecture, quickly found a home in user interface design, and has even spread to object-oriented programming. It has not made much headway in the field of technical writing, however.
DITA has helped us rectify that situation at Oracle. It has allowed us to specialize 16 different topic types from a single ancestor, each of which embodies a particular writing pattern. They include various kinds of FAQs (Why did...?, What happens if...?, How can I...?), conceptual topics (Explaining Architecture, Application Processing, Decision Support), and examples (Simple Examples, Worked Example, Conceptual Example).
Thanks to specialization, each inherits its processing and formatting code from that single ancestor, allowing easy extension to the writing pattern set, whenever the need arises.
Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Location: “Authoring Track”