DITA stands for Darwin Information Typing Architecture. It is a standard methodology that is typically used by technical content experts to create, structure and distribute content in a way that can be easily reused across multiple publications and platforms. 

Any content created using DITA is in XML format, so that it can be read and understood by computers. DITA content is created as componentized content, arranged in topics and maps, and most commonly stored in a component content management system (CCMS). This allows for documents to be built piece by piece, using topics and maps to structure your publications like building blocks.

Example use cases

  • Makes content reuse, on any channel, quick and easy
  • Automatically formats content when it is published
  • Makes content more searchable by leveraging metadata

Key benefits

  • More efficient content production
  • Increased scalability of content
  • Avoids manual copy and pasting errors
  • Increased quality and flexibility of content
  • Synchronized content updates across all product documentation
  • More control over the document lifecycle
  • Lower translation costs