- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0557125960
- ISBN-13: 978-0557125968
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,319,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DITAworks is not a terribly intuitive application. This book does little to rectify that, embracing the program's complexity rather than trying to make it more accessible to non-programmers. The author assumes a high level of familiarity with XML.
Now, with that said, I found many very useful things in this book that will make me keep it near when I am working on a DITA project.
Practical DITA is intended to be a non-programmer's beginner book. It explains the concepts behind the DITA architecture VERY WELL. For example, the concepts of Topic types such as Task topics, Reference topics, Concept topics, etc. are explained very well. How everything fits together through maps is also explained very well. A small amount of markup is shown that is useful, but more markup examples and explanations of what they do would have been beneficial.
The single strongest area of the book is the detailed explanations of exactly how DITA content creation is designed, and how to benefit from content reuse (topic based authoring). This is the main reason someone should buy the book. It very clearly teaches how to plan and prepare your document, before you do any actual writing. This is very essential, because you have to analyze your audience, outline your project, and break everything it the necessary chunks that makes DITA such a beneficial single-source, multichannel open standard--and all of this before you even begin to code.
As for the price... Who can complain about such a reasonably priced document. The PDF file is less than $7. That's very reasonable!
Overall, I found it a very useful book, and would recommend it highly for the purposes I mentioned above.