Data Conversion Laboratory has the pleasure of once again participating in a workshop with JoAnn Hackos: “Advanced DITA Training Including DITA 1.2.” The workshop takes place January 31 – February 1, 2012 in Fresh Meadows, NY. Highlights of the course include hands-on training using the new DITA 1.2 publishing mechanisms, authoring features, gaining an understanding of the entire DITA publishing process from information model to published document, learn how tagging affects the final output, and more!
The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.
After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. You will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.
With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.
The course will conclude with an overview of the upcoming DITA 1.2 specification and potential ramifications for the publishing architecture. You will learn about key features of the new specification as they relate to publishing, including keyref, conref push, constraints, and subject scheme maps. Exercises will focus on reuse and conditional processing using the keyref mechanism.
Please join us in the Fresh Meadows, NY location, the second on the registration list. Seats are limited, so please take action, soon!