How does DITA support the creation of animated and interactive visual content for IT systems?

Creating animated and interactive visual content for IT systems is increasingly valuable, and DITA provides ways to support this dynamic approach to technical documentation.

Integration with Multimedia

DITA allows for the integration of multimedia elements, including animations and interactive components. You can embed multimedia files, such as animated GIFs or interactive HTML5 content, directly into DITA topics. These multimedia elements can enhance the learning experience and provide interactive demonstrations of IT systems.

Responsive Design

With DITA, you can create content that is responsive to various devices and screen sizes. This ensures that the animated and interactive visual content adapts to the user’s environment, whether they are viewing it on a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. Responsive design is essential for delivering a consistent and user-friendly experience across different devices.


Here’s an example of how DITA supports the integration of an interactive animation:

<topic id="network_security_animation">
  <title>Network Security Animation</title>
  <multimedia type="animation" src="network_security_animation.gif" />
  <description>An interactive animation demonstrating network security protocols.</description>

In this example, a DITA topic includes an interactive animation along with a description and specifies that responsive design is enabled, ensuring the content works seamlessly on various devices.