About the specification source

The DITA specification is authored in DITA. It is a complex document that uses many DITA features, including key references (keyrefs), content references (conrefs), and controlled values set in a subject scheme map.

As a convenience for readers, the DITA specification is published in several packages that contain different combinations of required and optional modules. The ability to easily define, manage, and publish these packages is a result of using DITA for the specification source. The source files for the DITA specification are managed in a version control repository that is maintained by OASIS; they also can be downloaded from OASIS.

The DITA Technical Committee used the following applications to work with the DITA source:

  • DITA Open Toolkit
  • <oXygen/> XML Editor, XMetaL Author Enterprise, and Arbortext Editor
  • DITAweb
  • Antenna House Formatter