A Beginner's Introduction To Structured Content & DITA XML

Structured content and DITA XML are a powerful pair, but what are they and what can they do?
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Structured Content
Conditional Processing
Component Content Managements System (CCMS)
Content Reuse
Multi-Channel Publishing


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Glad you're here. This is a wonderful place to start your journey into structured content and DITA XML. Don't fret, you'll find nothing too intimidating here. Just some knowledge-packed videos that'll gently guide your first steps down the learning path. This course is meant to be a survey that will act as helpful reference material as you continue your learning.

What are you learning about? Glad you asked.

Structured content and DITA XML have long been a dynamic duo in the content world. That said, the content we create using them is different from, say, writing an essay or a blog post. The difference is powerful, but strange, with a few fascinating intricacies along the way. This course is here to make them clear. In this course, we'll explore exactly what structured content and DITA XML are and some of their most powerful capabilities. By the end of this video course, you will be able to define

  • What structured content is

  • What DITA XML is

  • What content reuse is

  • What conditional processing is

  • What multi-channel publishing is

  • What a single source of truth is

  • What a component content management system (CCMS) is

From here, you'll have enough of a survey to move into more hands-on applications of DITA XML and structured authoring. Think of this course as a jumping point from which you'll have enough foundational knowledge to enter a practical environment and have a handle on the theoretical basics.

Ready to jump in?

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Technical Writers
  • Technical Writing Students
  • Beginner Information Developers
  • DITA XML Beginners
  • Beginner Documentation Writers
  • XML developers

Course content

2 sections8 lectures50m total length
  • What is Structured Content?
  • What is a Component Content Management System (CCMS)?
  • What is a Single Source of Truth?


Copywriter at Jorsek, makers of easyDITA
Tim Ludwig
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Tim is a writer and educator. His combined experience in curriculum development, writing, and technology landed him in a uniquely creative position to help demystify some of the more niche corners of technical education.

He received his M.A. in English Education from the University of Rochester in 2014. Since then, his career has taken him down a technical path that blends complex ideas with accessible explanations. He plans to continue learning, teaching, and exploring the ever-changing world of technology.