Eclipse & DITA: Write Once, Use Anywhere!

Lee Anne Kowalski (Independent)

Other · Long Talk
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Tuesday, 13:30, 50 minutes | Room 206 | Download in iCal Format

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Lee Anne Kowalski

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an OASIS standard, and an emerging industry standard XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing many kinds of information in many different formats. The DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT) provides an open source implementation of the DITA standard DTDs and schemas, and it directly supports generating XML and XHTML files for Eclipse user assistance. The ability to create content in a single-source format and produce output in multiple formats provides great efficiencies to teams who create applications on a variety of technology platforms (Eclipse, Java Swing, .NET), and who want to generate their application help system from a common source.

This talk will introduce the key DITA concepts of information architecture and topic-oriented design, explain how the content architecture relates to the Eclipse plug-in architecture, and guide you through the process of using DITA-XML and the DITA-OT within the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to design, create, and deploy your content in the Eclipse help system.

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You will walk away with the knowledge of how to use the DITA Open Toolkit within the Eclipse IDE itself to create content for the Eclipse help system and samples you can use in situations where you have to efficiently deliver content in the Eclipse help system and in other formats.

From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Lee Anne Kowalski was IBM's User Assistance Technology Lead in the IBM Corporate User Technologies organization. The team is responsible for developing technology and tools for use in developing user assistance mechanisms in IBM's software projects and delivering help content within software products. In 2006, the team delivered the "IBM User Interface Help System built on Eclipse" tool as an IBM alphaWorks emerging technology. Today, Dr. Kowalski is an independent consultant, helping companies with their information architectures and Eclipse user assistance deployments.

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