Building a DITA-Wiki Hybrid

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The April 2008 issue of the STC Intercom magazine is dedicated to DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture).

I’m pleased that the Building a DITA-Wiki Hybrid article that I co-authored with Lisa Dyer and Michael Priestly is available online for free to anyone, STC member or non-member. The article discusses these three ideas for merging DITA and wiki technologies:

  • DITA Storm, an online DITA editor with an edit button on each page. While it’s not quite a DITA wiki, it seems like it could become one with some RSS notification and comment or discussion ability on each page.
  • Wikislices are a cross-section of a wiki such as Wikipedia, currently created with school curriculum in mind. Michael Priestly and I are working on a team to find ways to use DITA maps to manage and build wikislices.
  • Lisa Dyer has implemented DITA as a single-source with wiki as output for a documentation site housed behind a Lombardi customer support login.

I’d love to hear your comments on the article here and any other ideas you have seen for a DITA-wiki hybrid.


  • M.R.H.
    April 17, 2008 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    Hey congrats on the article. I read it in STC. It was really good 🙂

  • Linda Davis
    April 17, 2008 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the best posts I’ve seen so far. Thanks for sharing Lisa’s ideas and experience with us and for your insightful interpretation of her methods and the outcome.

    I have been considering using a customer-focused wiki to share best practices with our users. I can’t think of a better venue for getting that type of info in front of users, and using DITA to source the content is an excellent idea.

    Thanks to Lisa for sharing.

  • June 20, 2008 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to let you onto one of my recent finds!! Hard to believe this BMC post still generates traction today, the latest comment by Kevin Brown from RenderX.

    Looks like you’ve been working on this concept for a mighty long time. Maybe the structured wiki can be added to the list of topics on the techcom hit list, along with stem sentences, different page numbering schemes for prefatory material, and the use of the serial comma.

    Blessings, cowpoke!

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