Robert D. Anderson

  • Robert D. Anderson
    Lead architect, DITA Open Toolkit

Keeping the Content Train on the Tracks (And on Topic)

How do you keep your content moving forward, while you are weighed down with baggage from the past? How do you change course when the tracks ahead seem to have washed away? Come hear the editors of the DITA 1.3 specification talk about creative strategies they put into place to streamline the process of developing a version of the specification, improve the quality and usability of the content, and get to their destination on schedule.

In this session you will learn:

  • What process changes allowed us to add new content quickly, while simultaneously reducing page count
  • How we dealt with the audience tug-of-war, balancing precision and readability
  • How we found the right incentives to improve participation in this (entirely volunteer-based) team effort
  • How we managed to keep going after running out of steam


Robert has spent over 15 years working on SGML/XML publishing tools at IBM; 13 of those years have been spent primarily with DITA or the DITA Open Toolkit. Robert is co-editor of the DITA 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 specifications, making him one of those rare developers who has to use the tools that he supports. If you’re not careful, he will tell you (and show you!) how he uses DITA to publish his music collection and book library.

Co-Presenting With

Kristen Eberlein