OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC

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Advancing a document creation and management specification that builds content reuse into the authoring process

Kristen Eberlein, kris@eberleinconsulting.com, Chair
Tom Magliery, tom.magliery@justsystems.com, Secretary
Nancy Harrison, nharrison@infobridge-solutions.com, Secretary

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The DITA TC, in conjunction with the DITA Adoption TC, held a Webinar on DITA 1.3 on 6 August 2014.

You can download slides and view a recording of the Webinar on the OASIS YouTube Channel.


The purpose of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee (TC) is to define and maintain the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and to promote the use of the architecture for creating standard information types and domain-specific markup vocabularies.

DITA is specializable, which allows for the introduction of specific semantics for specific purposes without increasing the size of other DTDs, and which allows the inheritance of shared design and behavior and interchangeability with unspecialized content.

For more information, see the TC Charter and FAQ

Note: The DITA Adoption Committee focuses on educational and outreach activities to increase the awareness and usefulness of DITA. The Adoption Committee includes an Editorial Board that maintains the DITA XML.org Focus Area.


The following subcommittees are active:

The following subcommittees are currently inactive:

The following subcommittees are closed:

Technical Work Produced by the Committee

Expository Work Produced by the Committee

Recorded webinar: Defining DITA for Pharmaceutical Documentation

External Resources

Although not produced by the OASIS DITA TC, the following information offers useful insights into its work.

dita.xml.org logo

DITA XML.org is a community-driven site hosted by OASIS that provides reliable background information on the standard. The site also serves as a community bulletin board and directory where readers post news, ideas, opinions, and recommendations. It incorporates wiki functionality to let users edit and add new pages to the site. The public is encouraged to contribute content.

DITA Awareness LinkedIn Group

DITA 1.1 French translation by Jean-Jacques Solari

Mailing Lists and Comments

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Additional Information

Related activities:

  • DITA Adoption Technical Committee
    Educating the global marketplace on the value of DITA for document creation and management
  • DITA on Coverpages
    The coverpages site is currently the most complete DITA information resource. It provides both basic and in-depth coverage.
  • The DITA Open Toolkit
    The DITA Open Toolkit is an open source implementation of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee's specification for Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) DTDs and Schemas. The Toolkit transforms DITA content (maps and topics) into deliverable formats. It is intented for developers as well as end users.
  • XML doc forum
    Xml-doc is a mailing list where writers, developers, product and service vendors, and others discuss the application of XML, SGML, and related technologies to structured authoring, particularly authoring of documentation for computer software and hardware.
  • TECHWR-L forum
    TECHWR-L (that's "tech-whirl") is the Internet-based community and resource for technical communicators worldwide.
  • Yahoo! dita-users archives (dita-users@yahoogroups.com)
    The DITA user group was created to support DITA users.

Providing Feedback: OASIS welcomes feedback on its technical activities from potential users, developers, and others to better assure the interoperability and quality of OASIS work.