How are visual documentation quality and accessibility improved with DITA in defense?

Enhancing the quality and accessibility of visual documentation in defense is a critical goal, and DITA plays a pivotal role in achieving this objective. DITA’s structured authoring approach ensures that visual content aligns with the overall documentation quality, offering a more consistent and professional appearance. By separating content from presentation, DITA enables the creation of high-quality visuals that can be consistently formatted and styled, improving the overall visual documentation quality.

Accessibility is another significant consideration in defense projects. DITA’s support for accessibility features, such as alternative text for images and multimedia, ensures that individuals with disabilities can access and understand the visual content. When creating visual content using DITA, authors can include descriptions and captions for images and diagrams, making them comprehensible to a broader audience, including those who rely on screen readers or other assistive technologies.


Consider a defense manual that includes a detailed diagram of a radar system. In DITA, authors can ensure both quality and accessibility by providing alternative text for the diagram:

<topic id="radar-system" product="defense-systems">
  <title>Radar System Overview</title>
    <image src="radar-diagram.png" alt="Diagram of the radar system showing components and functionality" />
    <para>The radar system comprises various components, including...</para>

In this example, the alt attribute in the <image> element provides a concise and accurate description of the radar diagram, enhancing both the quality and accessibility of the visual content within the defense documentation.