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Arborext expands DITA support

This article appears in the issue November/December 2004 [Volume 13, Issue 10]

Arborext has released Version 5.1 of its flagship product, which, among numerous other enhancements, includes expanded support for Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an IBM-created, OASIS-sponsored initiative that is an XML-based, end-to-end architecture for authoring, producing and delivering technical information. Among the new enhancements to Arbortext 5.1 are:

  • five new document types--Topic, Task, Reference, Concept and Ditabase, to support DITA and enable authors to create content based on the DITA methodology;

  • custom table support--also referred to as semantic tables, which conform to DITA’s table models (simpletable, choicetable) and properties and allows users to select their own tags to be displayed and edited in a tabular form;

  • Conrefsupport--DITA’s inclusion method used to include content from another file, which enables efficient reuse of information; and

  • specialization support--ability to use a single style sheet to control the style of Topic, Task, Concept, Reference and other DITA applications so users can quickly expand their publishing applications as well as incorporate content produced in other DITA-aware systems.

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