Author Archives: Alex Masycheff

Can Enterprise Software Become Plug-and-Play?

For many years, enterprise software wasn’t a plug-and-play sort of thing. It required complex implementation, tricky configuration, and much training. What you got from the vendor wasn’t a ready-to-go product, but a generic platform that you had to customize. Instead of getting a ready solution out-of-the-box, you had to build it in first place. Yes, Read More …

How DITAToo DITA CMS Helps Small and Medium-Sized Teams Benefit from DITA – Meet Us at the 14 STC India Annual Conference

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In two weeks from now, on December 1, Amit Siddhartha of Metapercept, our implementation partner in India, and myself will be presenting our DITAToo DITA CMS at the STC Conference in Bangalore. In our presentation, we’ll be focusing on how DITAToo helps small- and medium-sized documentation teams solve various content management challenges that DITA may Read More …

Online Survey: How Do You Convert Your Legacy Content to DITA?

We all know that one of the must-do steps in almost any DITA implementation is a conversion of the existing content to DITA. To help members of the DITA community to learn from each other, we decided to conduct an online survey on how documentation teams convert their legacy content to DITA, tools they use, Read More …

Publishing from DITAToo through DITA OT version 1.6

As you know, DITA Open Toolkit (DITA OT) version 1.6 has significantly improved the overall performance, especially when publishing large documents. The Release Notes for DITA OT 1.6 state that “building the DITA 1.2 Language Specification to XHTML takes just over 1/3 of the time as with the previous release (tests show an improvement of Read More …

DITAToo Goes East! Meet Us at the 14th STC India Annual Conference on November 29-December 1 in Bangalore, India

Together with our implementation partner and reseller in India, Metapercept Information Solutions & Consulting, we’ll show you how small- and medium-size companies that don’t have a big budget for expensive CMSs can still benefit from DITA. Join us at this presentation and you’ll see how DITAToo automates and facilitates most of the tasks that any Read More …

How Did You Convert Your Legacy Content to DITA?

In DITAToo Community in LinkedIn, we had a quite interesting discussion on tools that people used to convert unstructured content to DITA. The discussion was mainly around FrameMaker conversion tables and Mif2Go. Let’s take it further and discuss your general experience with converting legacy content to DITA: In what format did you have unstructured content? Read More …

DITA for Small Teams: Does Size Matter? Check Out This Case Study

Recently, there has been a series of discussions in LinkedIn on whether DITA can bring a return-on-investment (ROI) for small teams. Most of people participated in the discussion agreed that even teams of 1-5 writers can benefit from DITA. I totally agree that the size of a team alone isn’t the factor that influences the Read More …

Using the “Five Whys” Method to Discover Your Content Needs

The method of “Five Whys” takes its name from the investigative approach of asking “Why?” five times to understand the root of the problem. The answer on the first “why” will prompt another “why” and so on until you get to the real problem. By repeating “why” five times, you can gradually move from a Read More …

How to Choose a DITA Content Management System

Okay, okay, I’m already hearing these voices: “How can a content management vendor give recommendations on choosing a content management system? It’s all manipulative! Any vendor write such ‘recommendations’ in a way that brings a customer to the idea that the vendor’s CMS is the right one to choose”. Look, I myself am very skeptical Read More …

How Much Does DITA Cost?

When talking about the cost of DITA implementation, I hear quite frequently: “What are you talking about? What costs? DITA is free!” This is right. But this is only a part of the truth. As a standard that you can download from the Internet, DITA costs nothing. But a standard alone is useless. You can Read More …