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Today the members of the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC announced the publication of the second version of their Committee Note “Lightweight DITA: An Introduction”:

Lightweight DITA (LwDITA) is a simplified version of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). In comparison to DITA 1.3, it has a smaller element type and attribute set, stricter content models, and a reduced feature set. It also defines mappings between XML, HTML5, and Markdown so that authors can collaborate and publish across different markup languages.

In the references section, the Committee Note links to Marking Down DITA, my 2015 article on the rise of Markdown as an alternative input method for DITA projects.

As I wrote later in DITA-OT³ Markdown Support:

That post provided background information for people who are new to the concept of lightweight markup languages and how they relate to more structured authoring formats like DITA.

— But that was years ago, and a lot has happened since then…

At this year’s DITA Europe conference in Berlin, I gave a follow-up talk that explained how DITA Open Toolkit 3.0 supports Markdown out-of-the-box along with the alternative authoring formats proposed for Lightweight DITA.

For more information on publishing with Markdown/DITA workflows, see DITA-OT³ Markdown Support.