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DITA is an open standard to structure documentation and is therefore often used in technical writing.


It stands for “Darwin Information Typing Architecture”.

  • Darwin: a set of information models that can evolve and be specialised to account for the client’s particular authoring and publishing needs.
  • Information Typing: content is organised in chunks of information called “topics” and topics are categorised by the type of information they contain: task, concept or reference (or others).
  • Architecture: a set of standardised, open-source well-documented information models for various types of content.


DITA was originally developed by IBM but since 2005 it is defined and maintained by OASIS, a non-profit consortium comprised of members from the technology industry, users and influencers.


DITA and structured authoring are closely related. The first three DITA features are also structured authoring features.


dita/start.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/13 14:26 by freya