DITA vs. CCMS: a cheat sheet

Shakespeare said “Parting is such sweet sorrow”.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As long as you’re talking about content, structure and layout, that is – we’re definitely in favour of that. And we’re not the only ones; technical writers with relevant experience feel the same way.

We see publishing and document management as workflows with separate components, modular elements, individual building blocks that aren’t combined to create a cohesive whole until the publishing stage. Read our whitepaper to find out how your business can benefit, both financially and in terms of time savings.

Today, we are focusing on two well-known systems that apply this approach: CCMS and DITA.

Granted, the former sounds like a bureaucratic body from the former Soviet Union and the latter like the name of a burlesque dancer, but don’t let that put you off – neither of those are true 😉

In actual fact:

  • CCMS stands for Component Content Management Systems,
  • DITA is short for Darwin Architecture Typing Architecture
  • and some people confuse the two.

We’re going to look at this last point in more detail, with a cheat sheet that will make it all clear.

DITA: not really a step forward

We are all familiar with the problem: businesses have fewer and fewer employees but are faced with more and more processes (editing, translating, quality control, etc.) and results (more content in more variations, more media and more languages).

Once you reach a certain point, it’s no longer possible to rise to these challenges. The result is additional costs, increased time pressure, quality problems that are more and more difficult to resolve … And at the same time, the increase in complexity means you need ever more efficient and reliable processes and standards to meet your customers’ quality requirements; from uniform technology and consistent style to accurately localised information.

Unless you have powerful software, DITA is a non-starter, while a CCMS is the answer to your problems.

How does a CCMS make a difference in practical terms?

What can you expect from a CCMS?

  • Convenient management of technical content in multiple versions, multiple variants and multiple languages.
  • All information is managed centrally, using details that are duplicated individually again and again and with the associated inconsistencies.
  • An efficient translation process.
  • Automation through workflows, particularly in relation to quality control and publishing.
  • Publishing using a range of media, including the most recent and up-to-date, such as video.

Follow the example of Bosch, Siemens, MAN, Bentley, Geberit, Roche, Triumph and many other companies and take advantage of the benefits of a CCMS!

Contact us for a demo, a presentation or a quotation tailored to your organisation.

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