The Stilo DITA Knowledge Series comprises a range of webinars and articles intended to help improve participants understanding of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) XML standard.

DITA is an XML data model for authoring and publishing. It is an open standard that is defined and maintained by the OASIS DITA Technical Committee.

Upcoming DITA Knowledge Series webinars

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Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources

WEBINAR | Analyzer 1.0 – Identifying Content Reuse

In this webinar we will demonstrate how to analyze Word content, calculate & navigate reuse potential, and generate beautiful reports estimating cost savings.

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WEBINAR | Automatically Convert Content To DITA XML & Deduplicate Exact Topics

In this webinar, we will quickly demonstrate how to automatically convert your content to DITA 1.3 and how this content can be automatically deduplicated using Migrate's latest feature - Exact Topic Deduplication.

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WEBINAR | Downsides Of Poor DITA Conversions

Stilo and CIDM ComTech have partnered to bring you this webinar. Thinking of automating your entire conversion process to DITA? Wanting to handle conversion work manually, in-house? Before you proceed, think about how the conversion could help you…

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WEBINAR | Converting RoboHelp Content to DITA XML

RoboHelp projects are typically quite large. Too large for manual conversion to be feasible. But there's also generally a lot more to your RoboHelp content than just the text. What about build tags, for example, for multi-channel publishing? Can…

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WEBINAR | Converting FrameMaker Documents To Good, Usable DITA

Whether your legacy content is in structured or unstructured FrameMaker, there’s a lot more to this content than just the words on the page. You may have conditional text, variables, or text insets, that allow you to reuse content. You may have…

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WEBINAR | Converting Word to DITA XML

One of the things authors love about Microsoft Word is that it’s easy to make your content look just the way you want it. This does not always lend itself to a straightforward conversion to XML. We’ll show you how we leverage the visual cues in the…

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WEBINAR | Converting Complex Table Structures to DITA XML

Converting tables to XML can be a challenge. We use tables to represent tabular information, sometimes in a complex way. But we also sometimes use them to lay out content on a page in a way that makes it easier for the reader to understand the…

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WEBINAR | OptimizeR—optimization of DITA content for consistency and reuse

Content reuse is a fundamental benefit of DITA adoption, providing huge efficiency gains to authoring teams and helping to ensure the consistency of published information across an enterprise.

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WEBINAR | Migrate—Fast-track your DITA content conversion project

Learn how you can fast-track your DITA content conversion project; get up & running quickly, save time & effort by avoiding the need to document lengthy conversion specs, automatically generate SVGs from FM drawings/images with callouts...

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WEBINAR | Converting content to DITA and optimizing for consistency and reuse

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn more about Stilo’s Migrate cloud DITA content conversion service and OptimizeR, a DITA content optimization tool.

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WEBINAR | Automating the conversion of content to DITA and optimizing for reuse

Join us to learn more about Stilo’s Migrate cloud XML content conversion service and OptimizeR, a new DITA content optimization service.

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WEBINAR | Sharing content across the enterprise

Join us for a discussion on using content collections to share content across the enterprise. Learn how to identify the requirements for the collection, determine the collection scope and collaborate with other stakeholders to build and manage the…

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WEBINAR | How to keep the reuse you have when you move to DITA

You are moving to DITA, but you’ve already got reuse happening in your legacy format. Reuse mechanisms don’t usually match DITA’s. How can you keep the added value of content reuse when you move the content to the new format?

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WEBINAR | How to prepare content for conversion to DITA

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this live Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar, to learn what the most useful thing to do pre-conversion is and what is best left for post-conversion?

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WEBINAR | Migration to DITA – The Atmel / Microchip Story

Join us, and Morten Haaker from Microchip Technology, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how they approached the issue of content conversion as an integral part of their DITA implementation and following an acquisition.

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WEBINAR | Migrate cloud XML content conversion service DEMO

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service. Registration required.

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ARTICLE | DITA and minimalism

Minimalism from a technical writing and training perspective was first investigated and proposed in the late 1970s by John Carroll and colleagues at the IBM Watson Research Center. The link between DITA and minimalism is not exactly carved in stone…

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ARTICLE | Overcoming writer resistance to DITA adoption

I could easily have titled this article “Why your writers are suddenly freaking out,” because that is exactly what happens on teams that adopt DITA—there is always some degree of writer resistance. Even the best writers experience a moment of doubt.…

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ARTICLE | DITA reuse and conversion together

When you are considering converting content from Word or unstructured FrameMaker (or other unstructured formats) into DITA, one of the things you want to consider before you start converting is your reuse strategy. Learn how, with a little planning…

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ARTICLE | What’s in a DITA file?

When you first start tackling a DITA conversion, it’s difficult to get a handle on just what comprises a single file. Is it one topic? Is it multiple topics? How long should a file be? How short can it be? We’ll tackle these questions in this…

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ARTICLE | DITA and graphics: what you need to know

A DITA project is an ideal time to audit, enhance, and start managing your media assets. Like any other piece of content, your media are a valuable resource that the company can leverage. Find out what you need to know about DITA and graphics.

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ARTICLE | I got my XML back. Now what?

If you’re new to DITA conversion projects or you’re planning on converting content soon, then you should give some thought to all the pieces that go into a successful conversion. A well thought out content strategy will help guide you through the…

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ARTICLE | Converting to DITA – mastering the task

At the core of topic-based writing is the DITA task. Master the task and you start mastering DITA content (or any topic-based content). Concepts and references are important too, but once you have mastered the task, everything else just falls into…

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ARTICLE | DITA conversion and metadata

One of the most overlooked aspects of DITA conversion is including metadata in your conversion project. Metadata is a powerful tool. Please, leverage it! (Go ahead and picture me shouting this from the rooftops.)

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ARTICLE | Migrating to DITA – best practices for authors to consider before converting legacy content

When doing any sort of conversion from one format to another, the riding principle is always GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). If your legacy content is not particularly good, then converting it to DITA will only create indifferent content in a so-so…

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ARTICLE | Getting great DITA conversion results

Although conversion is only a small part of your DITA adoption project, it’s the part that causes even smart people to break out into hives. How does one go from a regular, flat document to a series of DITA topics and maps with the correct markup?…

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WEBINAR | A Tale of Two Formats; Creating content with Word and DITA XML simultaneously

Join Catherine Long and Rich Perry of Varian Medical Systems as they explain how you can make the process of moving to DITA easier (and at your own pace), and perhaps cheaper, for everyone involved with a dual publishing approach.

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WEBINAR SLIDES | Migration to DITA – The Atmel Story

Atmel Corporation’s Morten Haaker discusses how Atmel, a global semiconductor company, approached the issue of content conversion as an integral part of their DITA implementation.

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