Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie

Subject: Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:38:57 -0800

DITA is fundamentally just a set of tags, like HTML, RTF, MIF, wiki
markup, or WordPerfect codes, except that the tags are more abstract.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Information_Typing_Architecture

There are a variety of tools that use DITA source to generate MS HTML
Help, web help, PDF, and so on. The DITA Open Toolkit aka DITA-OT
bundles a bunch of them. Help authoring tools that use DITA, such as
Oxygen XML and XMetal, look and work much like RoboHelp or Flare.

You'd be unlikely to need DITA skills outside of a large company.

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:47 AM, Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com> wrote:
> Bee, good point.
>
> Actually, I'm relatively new to the field and have seen various articles
> and discussion on DITA but still can't find a good entry point to begin to
> understand what it is. Does anybody have any recommended resources?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM, beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> I'm a bit late chiming in on this, but I want to go back to the original
>> question, because I think no one has considered the obvious. Mr. Webster is
>> going to need a job!
>>
>> >My question is as follows: I have a limited amount of $ to spend on
>> training, so given where the industry is headed, what utilit(ies) training
>> should I pursue?
>>
>> My advice would be to look at all of the Technical Writer job listings you
>> can find for your area, and see what skills are most in demand - then train
>> yourself in those.
>>
>> In Silicon Valley, it's Madcap Flare and DITA, usually XMetaL/Trisoft. I
>> have both of those skills and get recruited a lot, so I know those two are
>> at the top of the TW job requirements list here.
>>
>> But the popular software in your area might be FrameMaker/RoboHelp or just
>> plain Word. Check it out before you commit to training on any particular
>> tool.
>>
>> HTH.
>>
>> Bee
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM, Scott Turner <quills -at- airmail -dot- net> wrote:
>>
>> > Yeah, I know.
>> >
>> > > On Feb 26, 2014, at 12:31, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>> > >
>> > > MS didn't eliminate the need for docs. They just eliminated the docs.
>> > >
>> > > Gene Kim-Eng
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >> On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM, Scott Turner <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>
>> > wrote:
>> > >> Oh, you mean like Microsoft did with it's Office suite?
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References:
Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: W. Michael Webster
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Tony Chung
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Scott Turner
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Scott Turner
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: beelia
Re: Question from a re-virginized newbie: From: Hannah Drake

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