By Joe Gelb, Suite Solutions, special to TheContentWrangler
As the Darwin Information Typing Architecutre (DITA) gains wider acceptance as an XML standard for technical documentation, there has been increased activity towards interoperability with other standards, such as S1000D and SCORM, specialization for uses in specific industries, and adaptation for different use cases. Noteworthy is the current effort to adapt DITA for monolithic business documents other than technical documents. This adaptation opens the possibility for techdoc groups to implement DITA without requiring the paradigm shift to topic-based authoring. While Content Management System (CMS) tools with strong Component Content Management (CCM) capability are important for managing topic-based documentation, this still remains a niche market. While several top Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendors have invested in native XML capabilities, and third party solution providers have built CCM functionality on top of various ECM platforms, it seems unlikely that ECM vendors will seek to purchase CCM technology to augment their own solutions.
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