Les Burnham

The Emerging 5th Model For Content Creation:  Guided DITA Authoring

DITA implementations in large organizations have typically been confined to the domain of tech docs. Unfortunately there are several barriers to the more widespread adoption of DITA, including the cost and availability of appropriate authoring tools. SMEs who make occasional content contributions don’t want to know about DITA or its complexities, or invest a lot of time and effort learning new tools.

Up until now, there has traditionally been four classic models of content authoring: free-form, form-driven, structure-driven and template-driven. All have their relative merits, but still fall short of what is required for widespread enterprise DITA adoption.

In this session, you will learn about an emerging 5th model for content creation – guided DITA authoring. We will demonstrate how AuthorBridge, a new web-based editor, can provide the best of all four classic models and more, while providing a paradigm shift in the affordability of structured content authoring.

Converting Legacy Content to DITA – It’s Not Rocket Science!

Many companies shy away from implementing DITA due to the false perception that converting legacy content to the DITA standard is expensive and tedious.

In this case study session, Pamela Noreault from ACI Worldwide (the market leader in banking and payments software products) and Les Burnham from Stilo International, will share a first-hand look at how ACI approached the task of converting 85,000 pages of legacy content as an integral part of their DITA implementation project.

Pam and Les will share insightful tips, tricks, best practices and valuable metrics, ensuring you come away with a better understanding of what it takes to convert content to DITA – and the realization that it really isn’t rocket science!


Les Burnham has overseen the development and marketing of SGML/XML content processing technologies and solutions across industry sectors including publishing, aerospace & defence, high-tech, engineering and government. He initiated the development of Stilo’s AuthorBridge for web-based content creation and the Migrate cloud conversion service, to help address the requirements of organizations including IBM, Cisco, Oracle and EMC.

Les holds a BSc. Jnt. Hons in Mathematics/ Operational Research from Leeds University. Studied Computer Science and Statistics as an undergraduate, undertook an MBA programme at Cranfield School of Management, and recently completed studies in Philosophy at Oxford University.

Co-Presenting With

Patrick Baker: The Emerging 5th Model For Content Creation: Guided DITA Authoring

Pam Noreault: Converting Legacy Content to DITA – It’s Not Rocket Science!