SVDIG Silicon Valley DITA Interest Group

11Feb/130

Meeting: RocketSled – Convert from Word to DITA and Author DITA in Word

Don Smith, Senior Vice President for Crowell Solutions, presented an in-depth look at their application called RocketSled™. RocketSled is a full-featured XML editor that runs inside of Microsoft Word. It allows you to author and create XML documents in Word as well as convert from Word to XML, offering round-tripping of files from Word to DITA.

He also presented DITA InMap editing. This is a feature of RocketSled which allows you to edit topic content directly from the DITA map, providing a more linear, multi-topic, authoring experience.

Compared to other Word-based XML editors I've seen, this solution seemed quite robust and feature rich. It provides access to all of the DITA attributes and elements (DITA 1.2 model), and would be fairly easy for the novice or occasional author to jump in and produce well structured content. (Of course, it does help if the author is reasonably familiar with the DITA model and topic-based authoring.) Although the current implementation supports the DITA 1.2 "model," it does not yet support all of the features of that model (specifically, the various referencing features). We were told that these will be available soon.

I can see the InMap editing feature being quite popular, and the import, export, round-tripping looked to be very well thought out. As long as the DITA files produced by RocketSled are valid DITA (which I have no reason to think they are not), it should play nicely with other editors, and could fill that void as an authoring tool for those who want to provide content but don't want to deal with the overhead of more full-featured DITA editors.

I look forward to seeing this tool again after completing the integration of the DITA 1.2 feature set.

For more information on RocketSled, visit the Crowell Solutions Blog:
Converting Word to XML - Introducing RocketSled 2 XML

9Sep/090

Meeting: DITA and Dynamic Publishing: A Discussion About Market Trends

Topic: DITA and Dynamic Publishing: A Discussion About Market Trends in the Future

Speaker: Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., VP of Content Technologies for SDL XySoft.

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10Sep/080

Meeting: A day in the life of a technical content creator

Topic: A day in the life of a technical content creator - Showcasing the steps a technical documentation department would undertake to leverage our "best in class" DITA CCM solution. Demo will cover content creation, review, editing, translation and multi-channel publishing.

Speaker: Henry Calhoun of XyEnterprise.

Notes: Notes, commentary, and pics - courtesy of DJ Cline

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14Nov/070

Meeting: Customizing the output of the Open Toolkit

Topic: Customizing the output of the Open Toolkit

Speaker: Robert Anderson, IBM Authoring Tools Development, Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit

Presentation: video (courtesy of ditausers.org!)

13Dec/060

Meeting: The Best of Both Worlds: Publishing DITA with Adobe Rendition Technologies

Topic: The Best of Both Worlds: Publishing DITA with Adobe Rendition Technologies.

Speaker: Max Dunn, President of Silicon Publishing, Inc.

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