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DITA Introductory Training Course

HyperWrite's one day Introduction to DITA training course teaches participants the fundamentals of working in a DITA authoring environment. It teaches the basic principles and theory of DITA, and practical techniques for creating high quality DITA content.


The DITA Introductory course is aimed at those who want to start creating and publishing content using the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) XML standard.

Following this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply DITA and XML concepts and methodology
  • Create well-structured, topic-oriented information
  • Understand and use DITA maps
  • Link and reuse topics and understand the use of conditional text
  • Understand and use DITA transformaUnderstand and use DITA transformations


Those attending this course should have a basic knowledge of HTML.


  • What it's all about…
  • XML and Innovation
  • XML for Information Content
  • Structured Authoring and XML
  • Architecture
  • Efficiencies
  • Reasons for Adoption
  • XML Explained
  • Structure of an XML Document
  • Five Commandments of XML
  • Components of Structure
  • Web 2.0
  • DITA and Charles Darwin
  • DITA Content Models
  • Information Types
  • Role of OASIS
  • Open Standards
  • Authoring in DITA
  • Definitions and DITA “Features”
  • Structured Authoring vs Style-based Authoring
  • Topical Information Units
  • Modular Writing
  • Collections
  •  Single-Sourcing
  • Content Re-use (Block)
  • Content Re-use (Topic)
  • Conditional Text (Flagging)
  • Content Model
  • Separation of Content and Form
  • Semantic Markup
  • Storage formats vs delivery formats
  • Reading Formats
  • Structured Authoring Simulator
  • Examples of Structured Authoring Migration
  • Enforcing Style Guide
  • Authoring, Publishing and Management Tools
  • Project Strategy
  • Workflow and Process
  • Team Skills
  • Project Structure
  • Mark-up Best Practice
  • New Skills and Learning More

To enquire about this course, e-mail Tony Self or phone HyperWrite on +61 3 9893 4712.


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Your Instructor

This training course is conducted by Tony Self.

Dr Tony Self is recognised as one of the pioneers of hypertext and online documents. He has been involved in documentation and training for his entire career of 30 years. Over the past 20 of those years, Tony has worked specifically in the areas of online help systems, computer-based training, and electronic documents.

In addition to consulting, Tony is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. He is the author of The DITA Style Guide, a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communication UK (ISTC), and holds a PhD in semantic markup languages, a Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.