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Subject: Re: [dita] DITA backlash

Hi Kris,

I think that Ms. Haworth has a different understanding of what a topic is supposed to be. She believes that a topic is a unit of presentation. I always go back to what Robert Horn says in Information Mapping. A topic is a unit of information that answers a single question, or serves a single purpose, for the reader. This deeper meaning of what constitutes a topic is one that DITA models.

The other thing worth noting is that DITA is a tool. When that tool is used by people who do not understand the craft, bad things happen. There is a false expectation among many that DITA will turn a poor or marginal technical writer into a good one. DITA can help in that process, but on its own it's not sufficient.

Best Regards,

On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 6:21 AM, Kristen James Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com> wrote:


 Kristen James Eberlein
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
Co-chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Charter member, OASIS DITA Adoption Committee
+1 919 682-2290; kriseberlein (skype)

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