Learning DITA technical writing

technical writingIn technical writing, which is sort of semantic method for creating quality content, encompassing UI development, product development, architectural documentation and software designing among others, DITA happens to be a writing approach based on the principle of an XML architecture.

What is DITA technical writing?

Technically speaking, DITA is incorporated to represent information in a way to lend credence on quality and efficiency of technical documentation. To be more precise, DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) approach involves designing, writing, managing, and publishing information of diversified nature, on the basis of XML architectural patterns.

Technical communicators are those who develop DITA or style-based authoring.

How to learn DITA technical writing?

DITA approach or style-based tech-writing involves some skills to represent information. They are:

Shorten up lengthy information into smaller version

Brevity is the core concept in DITA. You need to break down information into their smaller version. This is known as categorization of the information based on its (topical) types.

Give a LABEL specifying content accurately

Also known as metadata format of writing, writers need to label information accurately. The motive is to make technical documentation sound more flexible and credible.

Synchronize information with topics

A writer is supposed to ensure that the information with its topic stands in sync with, or they are not asymmetrical with regards to their intended relationship. An aberration in this context will most likely result in development of a non-flexible content.

According to linking in DITA practice, you need to concisely state information in accordance with the topics given. The importance of linking topics based on their association is because DITA relies heavily on links. It states content, defines the manner of DITA maps’ organization. The purpose of linking is also served with cross reference inputs, and content recycling.

No format is part of DITA

The style-based authoring doesn’t involve particular style or format, as formatting is not the job of an author in this sort of writing. Writer needs to have the concentrated focus on writing the content and not to give unwarranted notice on formatting.

In other words, do not think that content needs to be written in bold format, rather focus how to make the words stand-out.


Note – Idea of the blog is derivative of online resources, albeit devoid of simulation with the source files. The information is brief. For expansive definition of the term, please visit sources like Wiki and related ones. Thanks for reading.


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