Are there DITA structures for documenting maritime vessel configurations and technical specifications?

Maritime vessel configurations and technical specifications are crucial aspects of maritime documentation, and DITA XML provides structured solutions for their documentation:

Structured Documentation

DITA offers a structured approach to documenting maritime vessel configurations. Vessel specifications, including dimensions, capacities, and technical details, can be captured in individual DITA topics. This structured documentation allows for consistent formatting and easy access to specific information, making it invaluable for shipbuilders, operators, and maintenance crews.

Specialized Attributes

Technical specifications often require specialized attributes to capture complex data accurately. DITA’s flexibility allows for the creation of custom attributes tailored to maritime documentation needs. These attributes can include details like hull material, engine type, navigation equipment, and safety features. By customizing attributes, DITA ensures that even highly specialized vessel information can be documented effectively.


Here’s an example of how DITA structures the documentation of maritime vessel specifications:

<topic id="vessel_specifications">
  <title>Maritime Vessel Specifications</title>
  <author>MaritimeDocumentation Inc.</author>
  <vessel-type>Container Ship</vessel-type>
  <length>300 meters</length>
  <beam>40 meters</beam>
  <draft>12 meters</draft>
  <engine-power>25,000 HP</engine-power>
  <navigation-system>Radar, GPS</navigation-system>

In this DITA topic, vessel specifications are structured, including version information, the date of the last update, author details, and specialized attributes such as vessel type, length, beam, draft, engine power, and navigation system. DITA’s flexibility and structured approach ensure that maritime vessel configurations and technical specifications can be documented comprehensively and accurately.