DITA integration in Adobe FrameMaker 8.0

FrameMaker 8.0 features an improvement of the DITA starter kit that was introduced in FrameMaker 7.2. DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) is a standard method of handling structured content that can be used in any XML environment. In FrameMaker 8.0 you get some start applications based on DITA, which makes it easy to start authoring DITA based documentation. This tutorial demonstrates how you can generate DITA based content.


To follow along with this article, you need this software:

Prerequisite knowledge:

Creating a new DITA file

  1. From the new DITA menu, choose New DITA file.
  2. From the upcoming menu, you can choose what kind of DITA file you want to create.

  3. Select New .
  4. Enter a filename for the new topic and click Select.
  5. The new DITA topic has been created and can now be edited.

Opening a DITA map and creating a new FM file

  1. Choose File > Open and choose the file sequence.ditamap. Click Open.
  2. This opens the Use Structured Application dialog box.

  3. Choose DITAMapFM from the drop down menu and click Continue.
  4. FrameMaker now opens a Map file, displaying the referenced files such as task- and concept files that are associated with the Map file. (see Figure 1)

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    Figure 1: The DITA map with tasks and concepts.

    From here, it is possible to convert this DITA Map to a FrameMaker File.

  5. Choose DITA >  Build FM Document from DITA Map.
  6. Enter a name for the new DITA document and click Select.
  7. A new FrameMaker document is generated from the DITA map.

Build a DITABook from a DITA Map

You can also create a DITA book directly from a ditamap file.

  1. Select DITA > Build FM DITABook from DITA Map file.
  2. Choose the ditamap file sequence.ditamap, and click Select.
  3. In the Save Book dialog window, enter a filename for the new book. Type "sequence.book" and click Save.
  4. The FrameMaker book is now created from the ditamap file.

Where to go from here

For more information and additional tutorials, visit the Adobe Design Center.