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  1. 1. To DITA or NotTo DITA JaniceSummers,Single-SourcingSolutions
  2. 2. Why should I make a change? Dont fix what isnt broken! Things seem to be fine. What more could you want? 6/4/2015 TC Dojo Master Session 2
  3. 3. Change Happens Revolutions are rarely started by the established class. They happen from the outside forces pushing in. 6/4/2015 TC Dojo Master Session 3
  4. 4. It's a difficult thing to truly know your own limits and points of weakness - Hagakure 6/4/2015TC Dojo Open Session 4
  5. 5. Disclaimer
  6. 6. What structure is best or you? The first step is to take a long look at where you are at. Good bad or indifferent you need to know where you are, what you have, and where you need to be. Technical tools, structure capabilities, infrastructure Resources time, revenue, headcount, infrastructure Skills existing staff and recruit-able staff User Experience How are your customers coming to your content? 6/4/2015 TC Dojo Master Session 6
  7. 7. How do they stack up? Well established Well supported Well documented Solid history Version 5.1CR2 Is it DITA Young and evolving Growing community Evolving documentation Just getting started Version 1.2 Is it DocBook
  8. 8. How do they stack up? Rigid Structure Easy to grasp and follow Hierarchy Book / Section / Section (XML file with includes) Entities Book oriented 100s of Elements Library type reference (traditional/linear) Is it DITA Specialize / Extendable Requires training Context defines structure Mapped topics (map with links to related files) Link references Topic oriented (Concept, Task, Reference) Around 120 elements Database type reference (cubed storage/many possibilities) Is it DocBook
  9. 9. How do they stack up? Content consumption is Optimized for Print, Web, Help Reuse is a side benefit Majority of content is unique to each publication Great for behemoth publications Is it DITA Content consumption is Optimized for Web, Help, Print Reuse is critical Majority of content is shared across multiple publications Big or small, can handle any size publication Is it DocBook
  10. 10. How do they stack up? Easy to maintain Easy to implement Is it DITA Ripple effect Implementation requires planning Is it DocBook
  11. 11. Dont forget the infrastructure Tools they both have them, almost all venders support both standards Selection Criteria OTK does not equal Free Staff Who do I have and who can I get? Training Bandwidth Headcount, Flexibility in delivery commits Tools and Team two factors that can make or break you!
  12. 12. In the end, the best solution for you will be based on what is more important for you or holds more weight. 6/4/2015TC Dojo Open Session 12
  13. 13. Questions? info@single-sourcing.com 408-660-329
  14. 14. Next TC Dojo Open Session Title: Visualizing Data Visiting Dojo Master: Phylise Banner Date: Monday 10 February 2014 Topic: This session will explore data visualization and literacy, focusing on various techniques to conceptualize narratives and create visualizations. Along with gaining a more comprehensive understanding of data visualization, participants will be introduced to new ways of managing, analyzing, and visualizing data sets, as well as textually expressing underlying relational content. Registration link: http://bit.ly/14jB6yQ Dont forget to vote for your choice of upcoming session topics! http://svy.mk/120AaAb
  15. 15. Next TC Dojo Arbortext Edition Title: Arbortext Editor for Authoring: So Easy a Child Can Do It! Date: Thursday 30 January 2014 Topic: One of the hardest things for technical communicators moving into an XML authoring environment is that youre learning two things at once: A new UI and a new technology. In this session, were going to take a step back and walk through the Editor UI. There are a lot of features right at your fingertips that make it easy to get started. Well show them to you and give you a chance to see Arbortext Editor in a neutral context. Registration link: http://bit.ly/15AU5pg
  16. 16. Next Master Series session Mon 27 January A single conversation among a small group of peers. Attendees will have the opportunity to present their challenges and solicit advice in a confidential supportive environment with other Master Series Members. Sign up at http://tcdojo.org
  17. 17. TC Camp Unconference & Workshops [On-Site Event] Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Mission College, Santa Clara, CA Morning Workshops Structured Authoring Responsive Design Content Quality Analytics Inside TCS4 You can suggest and vote early on afternoon session topics! http://www.tccamp.org Thanks to our Sponsors! Camp Ambassador: Adobe Systems Camp Scout Leader: SDL Camp Rangers: MadCap Software DCL SimplyXML Antenna House Camp Conservationists: oXygenXML DesignScience JustSystems Camp Counselor: Single-Sourcing Solutions
  18. 18. See You Next Time Dont forget to vote for your choice of upcoming session topics http://svy.mk/120AaAb