The DITA Topic Types: Square Pegs and Round Holes

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Most of us find out early in life that square pegs don’t fit into round holes. As we get older, we learn that this lesson applies to many situations besides playing with blocks. The latest example I can think of is what happens when writers try to fit different types of information into the DITA topic typing scheme.

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"But how does Information Mapping compare with DITA?"

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Nowadays I can’t participate in a discussion of content standards without somebody asking me, “But what about DITA?” For the few who haven’t heard, Darwin Information Typing Architecture—DITA for short—is an XML-based data model for authoring and publishing. DITA, originally developed by IBM, features an Open Toolkit publishing system that can be applied to single-source publishing. Many organizations, challenged with the move towards content reuse and single-sourcing, are adopting DITA.
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Three Mistakes That Can Lead To A Content Standard Train Wreck

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The great physicist Niels Bohr said that an expert in any field is “someone who has made all the mistakes which can be made.” I’ve always liked his definition, because understanding what didn’t work can help you avoid making similar mistakes, and save you a lot of time, money and wasted effort. This article features three mistakes that can lead to disaster for the content standard you’re working so hard to develop and implement. 
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Selling Your New Corporate Content Standard

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Lately I’ve written a lot about corporate content standards and how you can use the Information Mapping method to design a standard that meets your requirements. But once you’ve created that perfect standard, tailored to fit your users’ needs as well as the nature of the content itself and the capabilities and limitations of your technologies, you still aren’t finished. Ahead of you is the task of selling the new standard to your organization. And that isn’t always easy—in fact, sometimes it’s the hardest part of the process.

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Another Reason Why We Don't Need Plain Language

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Last time, this blog featured the first of three good reasons why the government and business organizations should continue to use puzzling, confusing language in their communications with the public. In this entry, we provide the second reason why gobbledygook is the better way to go. 

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In praise of gobbledygook

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Why we don’t need plain language

Our recent blog entries about plain language have featured attacks on confusing, wordy and convoluted writing. In the interests of fairness, we’ve decided to give the opposing point of view equal time. Here’s the first of three reasons why our government as well as American businesses should continue to use gobbledygook in their communications with the public. 
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