Firehead - DITA XML basics

This online training course teaches the basic skills in how to create content using the DITA XML technical writing standard

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Take 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Firehead’s courses are carried out in conjunction with our training partner, Cherryleaf.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to this course for as long as you are a subscriber - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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