The Dita Style Guide: Best Practices for Authors (Anglais) Broché – 1 février 2011
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This book will save Elekta so much time and money because we are starting our DITA pilot soon and I am using this book to rewrite and update our style and writing guide.
Thanks for producing this fabulous resource Tony!
As a writer in a technical publications department that has recently transitioned to DITA, I am keenly aware of the void filled by this book. After you learn what is technically possible with DITA, you are left wondering about DITA's many options and how to use them strategically.
The DITA Style Guide supplies answers to many complex questions of judgment and explains the reasoning behind its answers. The scope is broad, including most aspects of DITA 1.1 and DITA 1.2. Most content addresses basic and fundamental issues, but advanced topics are also included. All content is treated with rigor.
In the introduction, Tony Self says that the book is meant to be a reference and is not a "good read", but I read it cover-to-cover, pulled along by valuable insights and clear, succinct, confident, and compelling technical writing.
I don't agree with the author's introductory assertion that it's not a "good read" -- I find it thoroughly engrossing, and tend to read it like a hyperlinked web site, jumping about from subject to subject, learning something new at every stop. In fact, I use this book so much that I soon bought a second copy and had it spiral bound ($5 at Kinko's) so it would lay flat on my desk, further increasing its value and usefulness.
This book is filled with clear, accurate, well-described examples, and is written in Tony's easygoing style, turning otherwise dry reference material into accessible and useful guidelines for writing better DITA code.
If you work in DITA at any level, you can't afford not to have this book!