Context Reuse and Metadata Extraction added to DITAworks

September 10, 2014 10:48 am Published by

Stuttgart, September 9, 2014 – *instinctools has brought in some major updates in its enterprise DITA CMS. The main enhancements are related to the advanced reuse management and advanced search functionality. These additional features are implemented to increase the productivity and reduce time in managing DITA documentation.

In the previous DITAworks Webtop and Cloud versions, the only possibility to reuse content blocks was through content reference (conrefs) approach. This approach is well-proven, but it is not very flexible and it is not able to satisfy all the objectives related to content reuse. The new advanced reuse functionality is based on key referencing (keyrefs) mechanism and provides some advantages as follows:
• Working with context dependent variables
• Working with context dependent content blocks
• Indirect links: no need for links refactoring when moving objects
Another feature which has been introduced is the custom metadata extraction and advanced search functionality. You can put (extract) meta-information directly in the content for more flexibility (e.g. migrating your content to another CMS) and convenience. After adding the custom metadata, automatic indexing will make sure that the newly indexed metadata is available immediately for searching based on this custom metadata. Further changes in the advanced search management include searching for locked objects and searching for objects modified by any specific user.

How it works is explained by *instinctools Team on the basis of an example from the world of sports. The article “The Ice Hockey Challenge – Advanced Reuse in DITA” will be provided on your request.

Other changes are related to:
• Moving copy/pasting the objects DITA objects with links refactoring from context menu.
• Changes in user management with advanced privileges to the admin.
• Possibility to specify custom templates inside a project for any information type of dependent DITA models.

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