DITA Tech Comm CMS

Our vision

Our vision is to see Drupal becoming a full-featured and viable platform for the tech comm sector.

We have organized to:

  • Discuss the needs of the technical communication sector and the business case for adopting Drupal as a tech comm CMS
  • Share experiences and technical ideas about publishing technical information (manuals, help docs) on Drupal.
  • Explore how Drupal can be useful to tech communicators who are utilizing DITA for structured content authoring.
Frank Ralf's picture

Drupal, REST and XML

I've stumbled across some older, but still very interesting articles by Kurt Cagle regarding combining Drupal and XML technologies:

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Integrating external data into Drupal

Here's a number of articles on integrating external and remote data into Drupal, especially via Apache Solr.

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Sample DITA content

Thanks to the pointers by DITAWriter Keith Schengili-Roberts at http://www.ditawriter.com/sample-dita-files-to-play-with/, here are some resources for larger sets of DITA content for testing and development:

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tewnet's picture

Tech comm, elearning and DITA

I'm interested in Drupal, DITA and elearning. And in building a Drupal Learning Content Component Management System (LCCMS). Structured authoring is a great fit for elearning as well as tech comm. There is also a DITA standard for elearning. Much of the functionality for Drupal DITA tech comm CMS would be directly applicable to elearning, like single source authoring, content re-use, multi-channel publishing.

One key difference is that elearning relies much more heavily on interactivity and rich media elements.

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Frank Ralf's picture

Import DITA with "Import HTML" module

Hi,

I've successfully imported the "Growing Flowers" example from the DITA sample files that come with oXygen using the DITA XHTML to Simple HTML XSLT template. The DITA XML files have been transformed to XHTML for importing.

Gerbera

http://dita.nakohdo.de/topics/flowers/gerbera.html

Detailed instructions will follow.

Frank

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kvantomme's picture

Modelling arbitrary XML in Drupal

A week ago I wrote a post here about how we could build a DITA CCMS in Drupal, I've now written a full blogpost about it, with a screencast that explains how it could work. You can check it on our blog, it's titled A free and open source DITA CCMS

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kvantomme's picture

Drupal as a DITA CCMS, the Drupal way

At Drupalcamp Cluj in Romania I got really excited again about the possibility for building a CCMS (component content management system) in Drupal.

Ages ago when we did our first experiments with DITA in Drupal this was our goal. We did a prototype for a tool that was able to do single pass transformations of topics, allowed you to manage DITA maps in a mindmap and that had a form for creating DITA topics.

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robertnthomas's picture

DITA-OT to Markdown plugin announced

Today on the Yahoo DITA group, Jarno Elovirta announced the release of a markdown DITA-OT plugin. The plug-in adds support for consuming and producing Markdown with DITA-OT. See https://github.com/jelovirt/dita-ot-markdown for more information.for more information.

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stevebain's picture

DITA - One Success Story to Share

I’d like to share a recent project with you that I think may provide a solution to problems you’re facing in publishing tech comm content using Drupal. This is my first post on Drupal.org after registering two days ago, so bear with me as I tell you the [somewhat long] story of how I used Drupal to solve the problem of publishing technical documentation online.

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suzannewang's picture

DITA Publishing on Drupal

Per gippy's request, I started this thread.

Working as a Technical Writer in a software company, I am responsible for publishing documentation on Drupal. There is a need to shift from PDF publishing to online publishing on Drupal.

After doing careful research on Drupal.org, I found the Import HTML module. Since we author on FrameMaker DITA authoring tool, a list of DITA files are created. To be able to import, we convert the DITA files to XHTML using DITA-OT. This process is straightforward.

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jhodgdon's picture

Suggestion: Put DITA in titles

When you create a Wiki page, Discussion, etc. in this group, please put DITA in the title. Thanks!

Reasons:
- SEO (search engine optimization) so people will get these pages if they search for DITA Drupal or something like that on Drupal.org or Google or whatever.
- Understanding what is in search results - most search results pages show titles and maybe a short excerpt, so having a meaningful title like "Useful modules for DITA" as opposed to just "Useful modules" is important.

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DITA CMS: Implementation questions and decisions

Questions and decisions regarding the Drupal implementation of DITA.

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DITA CMS: Relevant Drupal modules

List of Drupal modules that might be relevant for the implementation of Drupal as a DITA CMS.

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Articles and discussions on DITA for the web

Blog articles and discussions on DITA for the web.

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Frank Ralf's picture

DITA Publishing with Drupal - Roadmap

Hi,

I've already collected some ideas at "The future of DITA integration for Drupal" and set up a Trello board for collaborating on this project. I'd suggest me move the content over to this group as wiki pages.

Kind regards,
Frank

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Frank Ralf's picture

OASIS DITA TC: RFP for dita.xml.org site (currently Drupal-based)

Hi,

the OASIS DITA technical committees have published a RFP for their official website "to put more DITA in dita.xml.org". The site is currently powered by Drupal (6?).

"The Drupal implementation for dita.xml.org has been a long-standing source of pain, and we want to redo the site in early 2015," they write. Shouldn't that be a challenge for the Drupal community and/or some of the larger Drupal companies to prove them wrong?

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jhodgdon's picture

AsciiDoc tool chain integration with Drupal

Not being a DITA expert, I'm not sure if the AsciiDoc tool chain can be used for DITA per se, but it is useful for technical documentation in general. So it may be of interest to some people in this group that I have created a "sandbox" module on Drupal.org that does some AsciiDoc integration with Drupal.

Current functionality:

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gippy's picture

The Business Case For Drupal as a DITA/Tech Comm CMS

DITA ON DRUPAL

Extending Drupal’s leadership in media publishing to the field of technical communication

TARGET:

To foster the development of features in Drupal so that tech comm shops ($1B USD market) who want to publish to Drupal can do so without encountering major hurdles.

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