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Re: schema.org Markup for DITA XML-based Technical Documentation

From: Richard Wallis <richard.wallis@dataliberate.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:39:43 +0100
Message-ID: <CAD47Kz58H7H=SLEtTCnN5FHSv697R-S17gNejUPShUs5MNO-oQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Keith Schengili-Roberts <keith.roberts@ixiasoft.com>
Cc: "public-schemaorg@w3.org" <public-schemaorg@w3.org>

Being able to represent the output from technical writing groups, currently
output using DITA standards, as Schema.org maybe beneficial to that and
other communities.

Initially it would be worth looking at how, at a general level, the
entities described using DITA are/could be represented in Schema.org.

Equally how the taxonomy aspects of DITA could be described using Schema -
Issue (#894 <https://github.com/schemaorg/schemaorg/issues/894>)
Proposal* being relevant here.

So, I suggest some review is undertaken to identify at a very high level
how good a match there would be and at the sometime identifying the use
cases such work would address.


Richard Wallis
Founder, Data Liberate
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardwallis
Twitter: @rjw

On 17 June 2016 at 19:46, Keith Schengili-Roberts <
keith.roberts@ixiasoft.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers!
> -
> *Keith Schengili-Roberts*
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