DITA XML basics

Video trainer screenTake your technical writing to the next level with this affordable online introduction to DITA.

This elearning training course, run in conjunction with our training partner Cherryleaf, will teach you about the principles of single-source authoring, using DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) as the XML technical writing standard. If you’re not sure what DITA is, and why you’d want to use it, download Cherryleaf’s free illustrated guide to the business benefits of DITA.

Course outline and duration

The DITA XML basics course is made up of 10 modules, delivered via the Web in small, manageable chunks. With the practical exercises, each delegate will need to allocate around seven hours to complete the course. Or you can go at your own pace – simply pause the modules at any time and return to the course within a period of three months (extendable on request).

The learning modules contain videos of the trainer with supporting slides and images, as well as exercises and model answers for delegates to complete and review. You’ll need a computer that supports videos in a Web browser and has an audio card. You can test compatibility by playing the sample video below. The exercises and course notes are provided as PDFs.

Training modules

  • Introduction to DITA
  • DITA fundamentals
  • Introduction to DITA topics
  • The base DITA topics
  • The different types of DITA topics, metadata and constraints
  • Organising your content – Maps
  • Linking
  • Embedding content – Conrefs
  • Conditions and filtering
  • Transformations and publishing
  • Future developments – Troubleshooting and Lightweight DITA

Free sample 

The sample video below contains two minutes of content from the first module. You can use it to check compatibility with your system. The video is shown in a smaller size than you’ll see in the course. To maximise the video, click on the full-screen icon (which looks like a computer screen) on the video player’s task bar.

Who is this course for?

This is an affordable training course for technical writers and other digital communicators who want to get a solid understanding of the basics of DITA.


Delegates’ comments:

“The Cherryleaf DITA course ticked a lot of the boxes for me: good content, good value, and available [online]… The introduction to the key DITA areas was presented very well – I have read similar information in books and online, but I was able to absorb it much better through this elearning course.” – Craig Wright

How much does it cost?

The course costs just £50 per delegate (ex VAT).

You will be emailed details on where and how to log in to the course once you have paid. This usually takes three to four minutes.

The modules are password-protected. If you wish more than one delegate to complete the course, then please purchase each one separately or contact us to discuss your needs further.

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Your credit card company will pay us in £ and convert that amount to your local currency. This means the converted amount appears in your local currency on your credit card bill.

As a rough guide to how much you’ll pay in your local currency, you’ll can find the current ex VAT rates using this Yahoo! Finance currency converter. For example, at 1 December 2014, the cost would be:

77.75 USD / 63 EUR / 89 CAD / 94 AUD / 4,800 INR

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Ordering is simple. Just click the BUY NOW button. You will be taken straight to Cherryleaf’s ordering system. You can pay using credit card or debit card. Prices ex VAT.

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Firehead’s courses are carried out in conjunction with our training partner, Cherryleaf. Your credit card statement will therefore show an entry entitled ‘Cherryleaf’. Our system will also accept payments via PayPal and American Express.