Are there automated validation tools for ensuring the completeness and accuracy of policies and procedures documentation in DITA?

Ensuring the completeness and accuracy of policies and procedures documentation in DITA is vital for government agencies to maintain compliance and uphold the quality of their content. To achieve this, automated validation tools can be employed, streamlining the process and reducing the risk of errors.

Validation Tools

Government agencies can utilize automated validation tools in DITA to assess their documentation for completeness, consistency, and adherence to standards. These tools can check for various aspects, including:

  • Content Completeness: Ensuring that all required sections and information are present in the document.
  • Compliance: Verifying that the content aligns with relevant government regulations and guidelines.
  • Consistency: Checking for uniform terminology, formatting, and style throughout the document.
  • References: Validating links, citations, and references to external resources.


Here’s an example of how DITA enables the use of automated validation tools:

<topic id="government_policy">
  <title>Environmental Policy</title>
    <check type="completeness" />
    <check type="compliance" standard="EnvironmentalRegulationX" />
    <check type="consistency" />
    <check type="references" />

In this example, a DITA topic on government policy incorporates automated validation checks to ensure the document is complete, compliant with the Environmental Regulation X, consistent, and has accurate references. These checks help maintain the quality and accuracy of the content.