DITA XML editor

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Xeditor supports the DITA standard for document production and the handling of technical editing. What does one of the most significant scientists in the evolution theory have to do with an industry standard for technical documentation? IBM, one of the co-founders of DITA, writes: DITA uses the principles of specialization and inheritance. That is why the information architecture was named after the research scientist.

DITA - Basic idea

DITA is based on XML and is topic oriented. This means: information is divided in units of information. The size of the topics is freely selectable. A topic is, e.g. instructions, a warning message or as small as the subject line of a letter. This approach attempts to reduce redundancy of information and enable reusability. Information can be used at different locations, but could be edited only at a central location.

KEY features:

Xeditor supports DITA 1.2. 100%

DITA version 1.2 contains a total of 528 elements. Xeditor offers in the standard version of Xeditor full support of all DITA elements. Of course an adaptation to your needs and requirements is also possible.

DITA-content creation like with Word

The editor provides you with a user-friendly interface, similar to MS Word. Your employees do not need any XML knowledge or training in order to write valid DITA documents with Xeditor.

1000 topics within a map - no problem!

Xeditor guarantees a smooth processing of large documents with more than 50MB and 1000 pages. In Xeditor all topics of a map can be displayed without a problem. The topics could also be worked on independently of each other. With the drag & drop, the table of contents allows random changes to the sequence of the module.

What speaks for DITA and what should we take into account?

DITA is a proven architecture of information. The international standard is widespread above all in the USA. Companies like Amazon, Fujitsu or Samsung document with it. DITA is an open source thus it is adaptable and at the same time restrictable. The model offers possibilities of conditional texts and easy localization. DITA however, does not replace its own information architecture, but delivers only the necessary elements instead. Beforehand it should be clear: which elements are required and in which order? It is possible from DITA 1.2 to apply constraints to restrict usable elements.