Can DITA support real-time updates and synchronization of construction terminology databases?

Real-time updates and synchronization of construction terminology databases are essential for ensuring that all stakeholders have access to the latest and most accurate information. DITA provides the flexibility to implement such updates and synchronization processes to maintain terminology consistency across construction projects.

Automatic Updates

DITA allows for the automatic updates of terminology databases. When a change or addition is made to a glossary or terminology database, it can trigger an automated update process. This process can push the updated terminology to all relevant documentation, ensuring that the latest definitions and abbreviations are reflected in real-time.


Here’s an example of how DITA supports automatic updates in construction terminology:

<term id="foundation">
  <definition>The solid base upon which a building or structure rests.</definition>

In this example, the glossary term for “foundation” includes a <last-modified> date. When this term is updated, the <last-modified> date changes accordingly. Automatic processes can then use this date to trigger updates in all documents that reference the term, ensuring consistency.

Real-Time Synchronization

Real-time synchronization ensures that all construction team members, from architects to contractors, have access to the same set of construction terminologies. DITA enables real-time synchronization by allowing databases to be accessible via a central repository. This repository can be set up to synchronize with individual documents and projects automatically, ensuring that everyone is working with the latest terminology.

By implementing automatic updates and real-time synchronization, construction projects can maintain consistency and accuracy in their terminology, reducing the risk of miscommunication and errors in documentation.