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DITA chunks your work into topics. Using maps, DITA lets you stack those clunks into as many documents as you like. You can use a topic in multiple documents. The top-level help. If you click through the left sidebar, you can see the ditamaps in action!

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DITA chunks your work into topics. Using maps, DITA lets you stack those clunks into as many documents as you like. You can use a topic in multiple documents. The top-level help. If you click through the left sidebar, you can see the ditamaps in action! If you want to create an abridged version of a book, you can use another DITA map to cherry-pick the topics or maps you want to use in the shorter version.

Later, you can update topics in one place, and regenerate the deliverables to bring out a revised edition of both the abridged and unabridged versions. DITA itself is designed to be presentation neutral, and deliverables can be rendered with completely different styles, and share all or only some of the topics.

The topic headings are determined by how it is nested on the DITA map. While responsive web sites are all the rage, you could also use DITA to easily generate multiple sites from the same content library using completely different styles. For Nimble AMS, we generate a stand-alone PDF deliverable for our seasonal release notes, include the same content in the full web site, and then again in a full PDF version on the web site content. All three deliverables are generated automatically using our build server, TeamCity, from single-source content stored in Git.

For Agile documentation, you can create new topics as features are added, and use an updated map to transform new deliverables for your upcoming version. If a shared topic is updated, you can revise the topic in one place, and show the new copy in multiple deliverables. Or build Agile documentation for your Scrum project, sprint by sprint. Use the Maps.

First, create the table of contents or ditamap and then the content. Whenever you like, the editing tools can use the map to generate your document on demand.

Or document s. The DITA map is deceptively simple. The same map can be used to create web sites, PDFs, word documents, and more. DITA maps encourage authors to think more about organizing and outlining content steams, and help authors turn rambling rivers of sludge into shiny streams of clean content.

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