RE: DITA possible for start-up/lone writer?

Subject: RE: DITA possible for start-up/lone writer?
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "John Cornellier" <jcornellier -at- abingdon -dot- oilfield -dot- slb -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 12:42:14 -0800

The short version of why and what DITA and DocBook:

* In DITA, to do your own thing, you add something, while in DocBook you
delete it or modify it. Mebbe easier to
delete than to add, I dunno.
* DocBook is mostly a structured version of a classical printed
documentation manual. DITA makes more of an
attempt to structure information by use rather than format.
* DITA may be hot air, but hot air isn't necessarily bad. Hot air
generates interest, interest generates a
market, a market generates tools and expertise. Around the Silicon
Valley in particular, lots of people
speak DITA; a poor lone writer trying to make his fortune gets lots of
extra help.
* I would never do an XML language other than DocBook or DITA. I have
the technical expertise but not the time
or money for all the tools I'd have to have.

I don't expect DITA to be anywhere near perfect. I'm more looking for
gotchas that would prevent one person from having the time to do
something reasonable with it.

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
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necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

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Subject: Re: DITA possible for start-up/lone writer?

The two main reasons, as far as I know, to use DITA compared to another
DTDs are:
* specialization
* topic maps


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