Are you interested or perhaps already using DITA but find the concept of keys to be mystifying? Or are you afraid that maybe you could get better reuse out of your content if you were able to optimize your key-based content?
In this presentation by IXIASOFT DITA Evangelist Keith Schengili-Roberts (also the host of the popular “DITAWriter” website) draws back the curtain and shows that keys can be understood by mere mortals. He will provide a straightforward guide to how keys work within DITA, and while the presentation will touch briefly on some of more complex things that can be done with keys, the focus of this presentation is on key basics.
In this special TC Dojo webinar, Keith will provide you with a better sense of what keys are, how they work, and what is possible with them.
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Having problems with inconsistently written documentation? Do your user manuals need some help themselves? If so, then you need a style guide for your technical writing team. We’re not talking about what they should wear, but how they should write.
Content couturier Keith Schengili-Roberts (IXIASOFT) talks about what they are, why you need them and how to use them effectively. While not exclusively focusing on DITA, Keith will also talk about why a style guide is a necessity for any team working with DITA.
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We all know (thanks, if nothing else, to the NSA), that metadata is all around us, hard at work behind the scenes making data and content more valuable, accessible, useful. In fact, the term has made it so far into the popular lexicon and consciousness that it is now used in news stories unaccompanied by a definition. And it’s proliferation has been accompanied by a sense of urgency. Folks keep talking about metadata’s tremendous importance: It’s “the new black,” even “the new data”!
In this Dojo session, we’ll establish a shared definition and understanding of what metadata is and then consider specifically what’s in it for “us.” How is metadata being used in the technical content arena, and how is this impacting our career paths and opportunities? What do we need to know? Continue reading “Metadata: Queen to King Content?”