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schema.org Markup for DITA XML-based Technical Documentation

From: Keith Schengili-Roberts <keith.roberts@ixiasoft.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:46:38 +0000
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Hello there:

I am wondering if there's the possibility of coming up with a Schema.org format for content produced using the DITA XML structured format? It is primarily (but not exclusively) used by technical writing departments to produce content. It is estimated to be used by somewhere between 5-10% of all technical writing groups, mainly with medium- to large-firms. The standard is open, and is managed by OASIS (https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita/).

DITA is topic based, with the latest standard (DITA 1.3) having six topic types: a generic "topic" type, then more specific concept, task, reference, glossary and troubleshooting types. Best Practices suggests that each topic come with a short description, so it is possible to easily identify the type of topic and what it describes.

XHTML output from DITA currently uses Dublin Core descriptive metadata, but it could just as easily use something that Schema.org could recognize, likely using either the RDFa or Microdata formats.

Is there interest in helping devise a bridge between DITA-based output and something that Schema.org could use? I am happy to be an expert on the DITA end of things if there is someone willing to help guide me through the process as to what's needed on the Schema.org end of things.


Keith Schengili-Roberts
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