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Survey of DITA Tools

Scott Tsao <scott.tsao@...>
 

In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY. Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company

France Baril <france.baril@...>
 

Scott,
 
I work for IXIASOFT, the creator of TEXTML Server. I have spent the last months developing a DITA-based documentation project for a company called CEDROM-SNI. All my content is stored and index on TEXTML Server. I use my DITA topics to produce online help documentation. Search capabilities in the online project are powered by the server. I am also able to produce pdf manuals for training purposes from the same content.
 
If you would like a demo, don't hesitate to contact me, I'd be happy to show you how this all comes together.
 
For a quick overview of the result, see http://xml.coverpages.org/dita.html#DITADeepDive, scroll to  "DITA Deep Dive" Session #6 and click  "CEDROM-SNi's DITA-based Project: From Analysis to Delivery" . Processes have changed since that presentation was created, we do not pre-process has much information, almost everything in the output is now created dynamically.
 
Product Name: TEXTML Server
Web Site URL: www.ixiasoft.com
Category: Storage, indexing engine, search engine.

France Baril
Documentation architect/Architecte documentaire
I X I A S O F T

+1 514 279-4942
france.baril@...
[   www.ixiasoft.com   ]

 
 
 

In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY.  Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company




Irsan Widarto
 

Scott,

you already know this, so this is for the rest of the list:

1) Product Name: X-Hive/Docato

2) Web site URL: http://www.docato.com

3) Brief description of its functionality: see
http://www.docato.com/specs.html

4) Category: storage, delivery, conversion, component management,
schema management, publication management

We've done the (user) manuals of Docato using DITA and Docato.

Regards,

Irsan Widarto
X-Hive Corporation


--- In dita-users@..., "Scott Tsao" <scott.tsao@b...>
wrote:
In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY. Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company

Yas Etessam <yas.etessam@...>
 

Hi Scott,

XMetaL is an easy-to-use XML authoring tool that can be used to create
and edit DITA content.
It's easily integrated with other DITA tools such as TEXTML server and
X-Hive.

1) Product Name: XMetaL Author

2) Web site URL: http://www.xmetal.com

3) Brief description of its functionality: see
http://www.xmetal.com/products/xmetal_author/index.php

4) Category: xml authoring, editing, content creation


There's a generic demo on the website, feel free to contact me to see a
DITA-specific XMetaL demo.


Regards,

YAS ETESSAM Consultant, XMetaL
yas.etessam@...

BLAST RADIUS XMetaL http://www.xmetal.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Tsao [mailto:scott.tsao@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 3:05 PM
To: dita-users@...
Subject: [dita-users] Survey of DITA Tools


In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY. Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company







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Mary <mary@...>
 

Hi Irsan,
 
  I'm afraid to admit that I'm completely unfamiliar with this product! How can I get detailed info? Thanks!
 
Mary
 
Mary P McRae
Senior Vice President and Principal XML Technologist
DMSi
email: mmcrae@...
cell: 603.557.7985


From: Irsan Widarto [mailto:irsan@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 10:50 AM
To: dita-users@...
Subject: [dita-users] Re: Survey of DITA Tools

Scott,

you already know this, so this is for the rest of the list:

1) Product Name: X-Hive/Docato

2) Web site URL: http://www.docato.com

3) Brief description of its functionality: see
http://www.docato.com/specs.html

4) Category: storage, delivery, conversion, component management,
schema management, publication management

We've done the (user) manuals of Docato using DITA and Docato.

Regards,

Irsan Widarto
X-Hive Corporation


--- In dita-users@..., "Scott Tsao"
wrote:
> In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
> what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
> free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY.  Please provide:
>
> 1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
> 2) Web site URL
> 3) Brief description of its functionality
> 4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
> delivery, etc. - or suggest others)
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Scott Tsao
> The Boeing Company



Tsao, Scott <scott.tsao@...>
 

Irsan,

Thanks for the reply. How about the Docato DITA Starter Kit?

Ref: http://www.comet-comm.de/aktuell/single_source_forum/praesentation_x_hive.php

Is it ready for prime time?

Regards,

Scott

-----Original Message-----
From: Irsan Widarto [mailto:irsan@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 7:50 AM
To: dita-users@...
Subject: [dita-users] Re: Survey of DITA Tools


Scott,

you already know this, so this is for the rest of the list:

1) Product Name: X-Hive/Docato

2) Web site URL: http://www.docato.com

3) Brief description of its functionality: see http://www.docato.com/specs.html

4) Category: storage, delivery, conversion, component management, schema management, publication management

We've done the (user) manuals of Docato using DITA and Docato.

Regards,

Irsan Widarto
X-Hive Corporation

Irsan Widarto
 

Hi Scott,

The Docato DITA Starter Kit is ready for prime time. Our German
partner Comet tested it in their testlab and we will start
using it with one of Comet's customers some time later this month.

The Docato DITA Starter Kit contains -next to the 'normal' Docato
functionality- the following files to get you up-and-running
with DITA asap:

- DTDs from the DITA 1.2 distribution (dita12.zip)
- XMetaL and XMetaL customisation for DITA
- Sample repository setup (folders, documents, templates)
- Sample XSL stylesheets and publication definitions
- Sample project setup (users, roles, authorizations and workflow)

Additionally (and no part of the Docato DITA Starter Kit at this
moment) we have created a Docato project distribution based on
the default DITA 'Garage'-sample and using the DITA 1.3 DTD set
(slightly modified to fix some bugs, Don knows which bugs...).
I'm currently doing the same 'exercise' with the DITA 1.3 XML Schemas.
The goal of this is of course to get you, and all other
prospective DITA-with-Docato users, up-and-running asap ;-)

Regards,

Irsan.



--- In dita-users@..., "Tsao, Scott" <scott.tsao@b...>
wrote:
Irsan,

Thanks for the reply. How about the Docato DITA Starter Kit?

Ref:
http://www.comet-comm.de/aktuell/single_source_for
um/praesentation_x_hive.php

Is it ready for prime time?

Regards,

Scott

-----Original Message-----
From: Irsan Widarto [mailto:irsan@x...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 7:50 AM
To: dita-users@...
Subject: [dita-users] Re: Survey of DITA Tools


Scott,

you already know this, so this is for the rest of the list:

1) Product Name: X-Hive/Docato

2) Web site URL: http://www.docato.com

3) Brief description of its functionality: see
http://www.docato.com/specs.html

4) Category: storage, delivery, conversion, component management,
schema management, publication management

We've done the (user) manuals of Docato using DITA and Docato.

Regards,

Irsan Widarto
X-Hive Corporation

syntext7
 

Scott,

Our WYSIWYG XML document editor supports DITA out-of-the-box:

1) Syntext Serna
2) http://www.syntext.com/products/serna/index.htm
3) * WYSIWYG XML editor
* Designed for use with complex industrial DTD/Schemas like
DocBook, TEI, and DITA
* On-the-fly XSL-driven XML rendering and transformation
* On-the-fly document validation against XML Schemas
* XML catalog support
* Table support (XSL FO, CALS)
* Multilingual (UNICODE) support
* Spell checking
* Available for Microsoft Windows(TM), Linux, Mac OS X.

I would like to add that Serna 2 beta is also available:
http://www.syntext.com/products/serna2/index.htm
The beta for version 2 adds the following features among others:
* New, fully customizable GUI
* Large document support
* Advanced element representation folding
* Advanced Find&Replace

See a screenshot with DITA topic:
http://www.syntext.com/products/serna2/serna2_l.gif

4) Content creation

Best regards,
Ilia Kuznetsov

ilia at syntext dot com

--- In dita-users@..., "Scott Tsao" <scott.tsao@b...>
wrote:
In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY. Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company

indipete <indi.liepa@...>
 

Hi Scott,

We have developed or are developing some tool solutions in-house (for
example, FOSI architecture support tools, help generation tools and
tools linking software configuration and generation of DITA maps).

These are the commercial tools we are using at the moment in our
Nokia DITA projects.


1. Infoshare from Trisoft (Belgium)
2. http://www.tri-soft.com
3. System providing content, publishing and translation management
solution to support single-sourcing. Does not have ready-made support
for DITA, but has plans to provide this support in the future. Basic
conceptual framework is compatible with DITA principles in our
experience.
4.Content management system - TCS system

1. Epic Editor from Arbortext
2. http://www.arbortext.com
3. XML editor. Arbortext will ship a DITA document type in its
upcoming 5.1 release. We use specialised DITA DTDS and so just point
to the DTDs in the editor.
4. Content creation

We are really just beginning to understand what kind of tools we will
need to manage DITA specialisations.

Hope this helps.

Regards

Indi
Nokia


--- In dita-users@..., "Scott Tsao" <scott.tsao@b...>
wrote:
In preparation of our DITA experiment, I would like to find out just
what are the software tools available on the market (commercial or
free) that could support DITA implementation TODAY. Please provide:

1) Product Name (and Vendor if any)
2) Web site URL
3) Brief description of its functionality
4) Category (e.g., content creation, conversion, mapping, storage,
delivery, etc. - or suggest others)

Thanks in advance,

Scott Tsao
The Boeing Company