Key Concept Archive

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Let’s talk about DITA maps!

How do you use maps? Are they simply deliverables–a construct for your output–or do you use them for other purposes too? In this talk, we’ll talk about all that maps have to offer. We’ll talk about the debate over inline…

Extend Your DITA Reuse with Keys

A crucial benefit of moving to a structured authoring environment is the ability to easily reuse content. Text entities, file entities and now with the DITA standard there is also keys and keyrefs. This DITA key method allows a user…

Ki, Qi, Key: The Way of DITA Harmony With Keys and Key References

An introduction to DITA’s key and key reference facility: why, when, and how. If you have images, content references, variable text, or cross references in your DITA content you need keys. This presentation helps harness the energy of your content…

A Simple Guide to DITA Keys

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…

Are You Getting the Most Out of DITA Content Reuse?

DITA was built around the idea of content reuse, but many content creators are not maximizing reuse within their own documents. When DITA content is optimized for reuse, content creators can focus on writing new content, reduce localization costs, and…

Key Referencing – The Key to Reuse

Topic based content enables organizations to piece content together to fit different customer needs. But often times this content can’t be shared and reused to its full potential because it contains product names, specific values, screenshots, links, or other content…

Using DITA keyrefs and conkeyrefs in Arbortext

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 11 In this webinar, we tackle the DITA feature keyrefs and conkeyrefs. The keyref and conkeyref mechanisms allow you to easily switch variable content. We show: how keys and key references…

DITA Workshop for Authoring Teams

Updated: 2018-08 In this workshop your team will develop a core set of structured authoring best practices, style guidelines, and have identified information patterns that are unique to your organizational content based on your desired customer experience. An intense, exercise-driven…