I have the honour of being the co-keynote speaker along with JoAnn Hackos at the DITA Europe 2014 conference happening in Munich, Germany on November 18-19. We’ll be speaking about The Challenges of DITA Adoption in Europe. I plan on presenting my latest survey on the state of DITA adoption—those who attended the IXIASOFT User Conference back in September will have got a preview of some of the material I will be talking about—focusing in particular on trends and patterns I have observed in the companies that have adopted DITA in Europe. I’ve run across some interesting findings and I hope to share a few of them here prior to the conference.
There are a lot of interesting-looking talks at this conference, and some of the ones I have already penciled in to my calendar include:
- Large-Scale DITA Implementation and User Assistance Innovation at SAP – am interested in hearing how a very large company like SAP manages to successfully roll out DITA at one go
- If You’re Not Using XLIFF to Translate DITA—You’re doing it wrong – given a recent discussion I’ve seen talking about the advantages/disadvantages of working with either DITA or XLIFF when doing localization, am interested in hearing this one
- Won in Translation. How DITA Changes the Way we Talk – what can I say, am always interested in hearing about the latest info on the impact of localization processes within a company
- Dashboarding Your DITA Metadata Graph – speaker Colin Maudry – DITA and metadata? Count me in!
- Failing Content Management Projects-Human Causes with Social Solutions – I talked to speaker Joe Pairman about what I had discovered about this subject myself, so am interested in hearing what he discovered
- Art of the Short Description – this talk by Kristen James Eberlein looks at an aspect of DITA best practices that I think is often overlooked, and am curious to learn more using >shortdesk;lt; its use from her
Then there’s the whole day devoted to working with the DITA-OT immediately following the conference, featuring IXIASOFT’s own Leigh White who will presenting on “PDFs from the DITA Open Toolkit: The Easy and the Not So Easy“. While I’d like to think that I am fairly conversant with most aspects of DITA, that’s not the case when it comes to working with output, so am looking forward to the intensive one-day workshop on this.
Am very much looking forward to this conference and I hope to see some of my readership there!