OASIS Approves DITA Standard for XML Architecture
OASIS, the international e-business standards consortium, today announced that its members have approved the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. DITA defines an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing many kinds of information in print and on the Web.
DITA consists of a set of design principles for creating "information-typed" modules at a topic level. DITA enables organizations to deliver content as closely as possible to the point-of-use, making it ideal for applications such as integrated help systems, Web sites, and how-to instruction pages. DITA's topic-oriented content can be used to exploit new features or delivery channels as they become available.
"DITA has grown well beyond its initial focus on technical documentation and user assistance," noted Don Day of IBM, chair of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee. "DITA's extensible architecture makes it ideal for content definition across the business -- from marketing communications to development specifications and artifacts, from company policies and procedures to news articles -- the potential is tremendous. What's more, industry sectors, such as pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and telecommunications, have the power to standardize on DITA subject-matter vocabularies within their communities."
"DITA is a testament to the benefits of bringing an entire community together to develop an open standard," said Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "DITA was advanced by users of documentation, such as BMC, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Oracle, Sun, and the U.S. Department of Defense, working with product vendors like Arbortext and Idiom, with input from consulting firms such as Innodata Isogen and others. A variety of perspectives on software development, application implementation, open source tools, training, and localization were incorporated into the open process. The result is that the DITA OASIS Standard delivers an end-to-end solution that meets the needs of the market."
Participation in the OASIS DITA Technical Committee remains open. All those interested in advancing this work, including users, XML tools vendors, and consultants on Information Architecture and Content Management Systems (CMS), are encouraged to join the Committee. OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment and the dita-user mailing list for exchanging information on implementing the standard.
OASIS DITA Technical Committee http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita
OpenDocument FAQ http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita/faq.php
Cover Pages Technology Report: DITA http://xml.coverpages.org/dita.html