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SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management solutions, announced today that its third annual DITA Fest technology conference, “DITA and the New Future of Customer Experience” had record attendance. More than seventy companies in high tech, software, life sciences, and the consumer electronics industry were in attendance at the event in Santa Clara, with representatives throughout the United States and as far away as Taiwan and Singapore. The increase of more than 50% in attendance levels since last year reflects the accelerating interest in, and broad adoption of structured authoring, DITA – the XML standard for technical writing and Component Content Management (CCM).
According to Howard Schwartz, Ph.D. and Vice President of Content Technologies for SDL, the adoption of structured content methodologies has been accelerating among technical writers and information developers. “The debate is over. Structured content has proven itself a foundation for enabling global companies to more easily share and reuse information, drive down the cost of content development and localization, and create greater business agility. Now companies are looking to expand on that foundation and provide a platform for enriching the customer experience,” said Schwartz. “This is why we are seeing so many global companies adopting structured authoring methodologies with DITA and thinking about how they can build out further on the platform.”
(I still think there are significant difficulties with formatting the DITA content. It may still be too early to declare that “the debate is over.” However I agree that long-term trend is toward MODULAR structured authoring since it represents the most cost-efficient way for multi-national corporations to generate, manage, and distribute their data. Ugur)
What do you think about the future of DITA authoring? Please feel free to share your experience and perhaps even frustration with DITA.