Topic-Based Writing

Course-at-a-glance: This two–day course is developed for people who need to create DITA specific topic–based content, regardless of the tools used to create the content. Learn how to organize your information into topics and identify the components of a well–formed topic. Acquire hands–on experience with creating Concept, Task, and Reference topics and learn how to sequence topics to create multiple flows and outputs.

Prerequisite: You must have a solid working familiarity with your operating system.

Objectives: Upon successful completion attendees will be able to:

  • Understand what topic–based writing is and its advantages

  • Understand how to create Concept, Task, and Reference topics

  • Identify the components of a well–written topic

  • Follow best–practices for organizing new material into topic–based content

  • Take existing legacy content and rewrite it into topic–based content

  • Create topics designed for working in multiple contexts

  • Sequence topics to create different outputs, including print and online help

  • Have practical knowledge of how to create your own customized information model

  • Understand the place of XML and DITA and how they may relate to your needs

Further Learning: DITA tools and technology, FrameMaker and DITA for Authors or XMetaL for Authors

Delivery: The following delivery is available:

  • Instructor–led, group–paced, online–delivery learning model with structured hands–on activities and assignments

  • Customized classroom training at your location

Fees: Course pricing is as follows:

  • Instructor–led, online–delivery: $1195/participant (group rates available)

  • Customized classroom training at your location: $1995/day for up to 8 participants plus travel expenses