Part II. The DITA For Publishers Markup Vocabulary

The DITA for Publishers project provides a set of map and topic types along with a number of markup domains specifically designed to meet the needs of Publishers and publishing-type documents (books and magazines).

This part provides guidance and reference on how to use this markup.

The key features of the DITA For Publishers markup vocabulary are:
  • The publication map domain, which provides elements designed to represent a wide variety of publication structures at an appropriate level of detail.
  • A publication metadata domain, which provides the metadata elements needed for publications, including sophisticated licensing modeling (including non-copyright-based licenses) and support for ONIX and Dublin Core metadata.
  • A set of basic topic types for the components of publications: <part>, <chapter>, <article>, <subsection>, and <sidebar>. With these topic types, along with the generic DITA <topic> topic type, you can easily capture the content of any publication.
  • A set of markup domains ("mix in" elements) that provide elements for arbitrary formatting, verse, and constructs typically found in fiction and trade books, such as epigraphs, and "enumerations", which enable capturing numbering from legacy content so it can be recreated as needed or used to enable searching.
Because this is DITA you can of course combine the DITA For Publishers vocabulary modules with any other DITA vocabulary modules. The following standard DITA modules are usually quite useful, if not essential, for Publishing content:
  • The glossary entry (<glossentry>) topic type, which models glossary entries and enables sophisticated linking from mentions of terms in content to glossaries. Can support automatic construction of glossaries and automatic sorting and grouping of glossaries.
  • The Learning and Training assessment domain, which provides markup for test questions. This markup can be used to both drive visual rendering of questions (e.g, printed tests or quizes) and also drive interactive assessments (e.g., via SCORM-based learning management systems).
  • The Learning and Training map and topic types, which model common instructional design practice and organization.