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

From: Dan Scott <denials@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:09:50 +0000
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To: Keith Schengili-Roberts <keith.roberts@ixiasoft.com>, "public-schemaorg@w3.org" <public-schemaorg@w3.org>
Colour me tentatively interested. In a former life I worked as an
information architect for a tech writing team in the same IBM Toronto
software lab in which a good part of DITA was conceived (different team,
but we had a lot of conversations about topic-based writing).

Closing the loop by teaching DITA's XHTML transforms to embed schema.org
RDFa (and identifying necessary additions or extensions to the schema.org
vocabulary as we come across them) would be rather satisfying.


On Mon, 20 Jun 2016 at 03:48 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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