RE: Help with Docbook (an alternative)

Subject: RE: Help with Docbook (an alternative)
From: France Baril <France -dot- Baril -at- ixiasoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:35:11 -0400

I'm curious to know which general advantages you are taking about.

The main advantages I see are:
Seperate content and presentation.
Offer search engines based on semantics.
Recycle content for one or many media.
Include metadata in content.

I do not feel I loose any of these with DITA, moreover because my DTD can be updated in this architecture, I feel I gain flexibility. As I just started with it, maybe I am missing an important point!?

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Baker [mailto:mbaker -at- ca -dot- stilo -dot- com]
Sent: 24 juillet, 2003 11:13
Subject: RE: Help with Docbook (an alternative)

France Baril wrote:

> I have found another alternative: DITA (Darwin Information Typing
> Architecture). It is a documentation architecture proposed by
> IBM. I am in trial period with this new architecture and DTD, but
> for now it seems to me like a flexible solution as it has been
> created to be extended and customized.

By the same token, however, adopting DITA is adopting DITA, not, per se,
adopting XML. You get the specific advantages and disadvantages of DITA, not
the general advantages of XML.

Mark Baker
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