Here is a new White Paper from Scriptorium, very handy for those who’d like to learn more about structured authoring and single-sourcing in general, and the DITA model.
“When technical documentation groups adopt structured authoring, they often choose the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) open-source standard because it requires no up-front investment. The DITA Open Toolkit (DITA OT) provides a way to produce multiple outputs, including Portable Document Format (PDF) files; however, the technology for creating PDF files is limited, and modifying the formatting is challenging.
Software companies have stepped in to offer methods for customizing and producing PDF files, but there are different levels of DITA support and various degrees of integration with the DITA OT.
How do you decide which method is best for you? This paper explains the alternatives and trade-offs for each method and helps demystify the decision process.”