Why using DITA?

This section lists benefits of DITA.

  • DITA enforces structured authoring, which results in a good document structure.
  • DITA facilitates content re-use, which leads to less duplicated content.
  • DITA supports single sourcing, which speeds up making changes in multiple outputs.
  • DITA reduces translation costs, because less content has to be translated.
  • DITA is extendable due to specializations and therefore can easily be adapted to customer needs.
  • DITA is scalable and can be used by a single author on a single machine or by hundreds of authors in a complex authoring environment with multiple publishing servers.
  • DITA is effective for collaboration, because DITA files can be shared in version control systems like Git or in a CMS.
  • DITA enables conditional processing, e.g. based on target audience or product features.
  • DITA can be converted to all major output formats, e.g. HTML5 or PDF.
  • DITA seperates content (topics) and context (maps) from presentation, the appearance of documents and webhelps can be quickly by changing global templates.
  • DITA ensures structural integrity, because it is based on XML which can be validated.
  • DITA is an open standard (not proprietary) and is not relying on specific tools.