How do construction organizations define and implement custom DITA specializations?

Custom DITA specializations in construction organizations are tailored document structures and elements created to meet specific industry needs. These customizations enable organizations to define their own document types and metadata, ensuring that their documentation aligns precisely with their unique requirements.

Defining Custom Document Types

Construction organizations typically start by defining custom document types specific to their projects. This can include document types for project plans, architectural drawings, safety procedures, and more. These custom types extend the base DITA structure and may include specialized elements that capture construction-specific data.

Creating Custom Elements and Attributes

Once document types are defined, organizations can create custom elements and attributes to accommodate industry-specific information. For example, custom elements might capture data related to building materials, construction codes, safety regulations, or project milestones. Custom attributes can be used to provide additional metadata that is relevant to construction documentation.


Here’s an example of how custom DITA specializations can be implemented in construction documentation:

<custom-construction-document id="project_456">
  <title>Project Specification - High-rise Building</title>
    <material type="concrete">Standard Concrete Mix</material>
    <material type="steel">Structural Steel</material>
    <milestone date="2023-06-30">Foundation Complete</milestone>
    <milestone date="2023-12-15">Structural Framing Done</milestone>

In this example, a custom DITA specialization for construction documentation is used. It includes custom elements like “building-materials,” “construction-codes,” and “project-milestones” to capture construction-specific data. These customizations enable construction organizations to structure their documentation to meet their unique needs.