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Since DITA is an open standard, it can of course be edited from any text editor such as Notepad++ or other text editing tools. However, most editing tools don’t have support for the specific DITA standard. For this you need a DITA authoring tool. The following tools are used within our company:

Technical editors

These editors give you the ability to ‘hide’ the tags while writing, allowing you to focus on the content while still writing structured XML documents.

  • Adobe FrameMaker in Structured mode. In structured mode, you can edit DITA XML documents right from the familiar FrameMaker interface.
  • oXygen XML is an editor especially for DITA. It consists of a few separate packages, with an ever-growing range of products:
    • oXygen XML Editor is the complete package, meant for people that do technical writing as well as developing DITA Schemas and transformations.
    • oXygen XML Author is meant for technical writers. With this package you get a more user-friendly interface and most complicated DITA options are well-hidden in the interface.
    • oXygen XML Web Author builds on the Author version, allowing online collaboration between different teams and automatic cloud storage.
    • oXygen XML Developer is meant for documentation architects and designers. It is a tool you can use to determine how the documentation in the team should be structured and what the output should look like.

User-friendly editors

DITA and XML both have a reputation of being complicated, with their tags and attributes. Recently, however, more and more user-friendly editors are being developed.

Some examples:

  • FontoXML, made in The Netherlands, can be useful for the following scenario:
  • SME’s write reasonable structured topics
  • Technical writer improves structure within FontoXML or an alternative DITA-editor
  • Paligo, made in Sweden
dita/xml-editors.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/03 11:52 by bavo