DITA Training Courses from Cherryleaf (Classroom and Online)

Cherryleaf offers beginner and advanced courses for anyone planning to move to a DITA-based authoring and publishing system, implementing DITA or wanting to get the best out of their existing DITA implementation.

If you’re not sure what DITA is, and why you’d want to use it, download our free illustrated guide to the business benefits of DITA.

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Our courses

Introduction to DITA training course – Basic/Intermediate level Online elearning course

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The ten online learning modules on DITA contain videos of the trainer with supporting imagery. The course includes exercises and model answers for the delegates to complete and review.
The course will take delegates approximately 1 day to complete.

Topics covered

  • 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
  • New developments – Troubleshooting and Lightweight DITA

For more information, and to order, see Cherryleaf’s online DITA self-study elearning course.


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The classroom courses are available as either a public training course or an onsite course for groups within an organisation. The public courses are delivered by Dr. Tony Self in London each year, usually in June and October.

Class sizes tend to be small, so we tend to run the course in a flexible workshop-like format, giving the delegates the opportunity to ask the trainer to cover the topics they are specifically interested in. They provide the ability to work in groups on real-life projects and to interact with the course trainer.

Following the introductory course you will be able to:

  • Apply DITA and XML concepts and methodology
  • Create well-structured, topic-oriented information
  • Understand and use DITA maps
  • Link and reuse topics and understand the use of conditional text
  • Understand and use DITA transformations

In the advanced courses, you’ll learn best practices for DITA authoring, planning, publishing and project management.

Advanced courses include:

  • DITA authoring best practices
  • Advanced DITA techniques
  • Publishing content from DITA

 About Dr Tony Self

Dr Tony Self is one of the world’s leading experts on DITA.

Tony completed his PhD in semantic mark-up languages in 2011, and his book The DITA Style Guide was published in the same year. Tony has analysed the way in which DITA has been used, and has developed a DITA Style Guide to fill the gap between the DITA standard and traditional style manuals. The DITA Style Guide has been integrated into the leading DITA authoring software application, Oxygen XML.

He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and a Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators. Tony is a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee (and chair of the DITA Help Subcommittee), and he is an adjunct teaching fellow at Swinburne University. In 2011, Tony was the honoured with the ISTC Horace Hockley Award for his contribution the technical publications industry.

Tony lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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If you'd like more information about Cherryleaf's training courses, including options for courses for groups in a single organisation, contact us using our training services contact form. If you can’t see the course you want, contact us, as we may still be able to cater for your needs.