The UK chapter of the Society for Technical Communication is organising a two-day introduction to DITA in Manchester, England on 10th and 11th November 2007.
The Saturday morning (10th November) offers a high-level introduction to DITA, to the costs and benefits of rolling out a DITA implementation. We'll be guided through this by Indi Liepa of Nokia, who led the DITA implementation in her country and has worked with DITA-based documentation for three years now. And we'll hear from a leading tools vendor on the financial return on investment of implementing the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).
The Saturday afternoon's DITA workshop sessions will explore one of DITA's secret weapons: Specialisation. Out of the box, the open-source DITA system does what it says on the tin, to quote the British TV advert. But it can do more.... so much more. Using DITA specialisation, you can expand the language, define new ways of doing things in DITA, and still remain faithful to the DITA ethos. Alan Houser will lead us through this, drawing on his many years of experience as a FrameMaker trainer, XML trainer, and member of the OASIS committee that draws up and defines the DITA specification. This is a unique opportunity to explore this exciting field under the direction of a leading expert in the field who is also a qualified and highly respected trainer.