Topic-based and structured authoring offer many advantages, especially with DITA. Many people feel that they must adhere to the "standard" definition of DITA. While this can be the best route in some instances, there are tremendous advantages in DITA Specialization, which can automate a variety of tasks associated with document structure and formatting. Benefits of DITA Specialization can be magnified by the number of target languages that you translate into. This 2-part series will cover first the strategy and planning phases, then show actual live examples of DITA Customization.

Session 2) DITA Specialization: live, dynamic examples

This second session will focus on actual working examples of specialized DITA in FrameMaker 11. You will see live documents with relatively simple specialization that enables a variety of transformations to occur automatically. This recorded session also includes downloadable files which you can use for your own hands-on.

Your "take-aways" from this series will be (a) determining if DITA Specialization is right for you and (b) how to actually accomplish it. Join Adobe's Tom Aldous, Director, Global TechComm Business Development and Product Evangelism, as he guides us on this fascinating technical journey. Before joining Adobe, Tom spent over 20 years as a consultant, frequently specializing in complex DITA and XML projects which required specialization for industries ranging from nuclear power to financial.