Monday, February 01, 2016

DITA 1.3 is now an official OASIS Standard

I'm pleased to announce DITA 1.3 is now an official OASIS standard!

From the press release:
 "The OASIS open standards consortium today announced that its members have approved the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) version 1.3 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. DITA defines an XML architecture for designing, writing, and publishing information in numerous formats, including print, Web-based, mobile, and electronic publications. DITA is widely used for professionally-published books and magazines, technical documentation, online help, training and course development, marketing materials, and medical information because of its modular, topic-based approach and its ability to support content reuse.
This release of DITA comes in three parts, optimized for different audiences:
  • Base Edition is designed for application developers and users who need only the most fundamental pieces of the DITA framework.
  • Technical Content Edition includes specializations usually used by technical communicators.
  • All Inclusive Edition is designed for implementers who want all OASIS-approved specializations, as well as users who develop learning and training materials."
 For the spec or to download the schemas, go to:

The latest version of the DITA Open Toolkit also has support for v1.3, and can be downloaded here:

Several XML Editors have also added support for DITA v1.3, including:
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • XMetaL

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