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developerWorks: Why Use DITA to Produce HTML Deliverables?

Oct 09, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Hunt, Don Day, Erik Hennum, Michael Priestley, Dave A. Schell)

"Many of you are already familiar with the advantages of XML in general and DITA in particular for creating technical content. (If you don't know about DITA, see the introduction article.) Nonetheless, we frequently receive the same questions:

"'Since my output deliverables are exclusively HTML and will stay that way for the foreseeable future, why go the route of creating content in an intermediary XML format and generating HTML? Why not produce HTML directly with an HTML editor? Why go through the extra cycles involved in producing and managing DITA XML content when it seems so much easier to simply write and produce the HTML directly, with tools that were specifically created to support doing that...?'

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