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DITA 101 - Awful Introduction to DITA
on October 31, 2010
I'm halfway through this book and I'm highly disappointed that I spent $23 on it. The authors might be DITA experts, but they have no idea of how to explain it to someone.
The organization of the book is terrible. After many pages, I still don't know what DITA is for or how it's associated with XML. But I'm deep into detailed tag definitions, etc.
Explanations in the book are convoluted, confusing, and have many references to chapters and sections later in the book. Inconsistent terminology, bad sentence construction, use of technical terms that are unexplained until later in the book, and other classic examples of poor writing abound. Here's the definition of "unique content" from page 52: "Unique - Content which is unique is just that, unique."
You also need a magnifying glass (really!) to read some of the figures in the book.
The book's content might make sense to someone who's already a DITA expert. But to me (only a technical writer trying to understand what DITA is about), it's a waste of time.