The documentation process within a DITA workflow can be separated
into stages of building, associating, and publishing.
The process of creating, producing and delivering a document in DITA's
modular, structured authoring environment can be divided into three different
- Building is the authoring process, normally undertaken by a writer.
- Associating is the drawing together of the topics into collections
(such as books and Web sites), normally undertaken by the
information architects. A bundle of independent topics
only becomes a book when the topics are associated, or linked, to each other
through the ditamap.
- Publishing is the generation of the output collections of topics.
The output might be a Word document, a PDF document, a CHM file, a collection
of HTML files, or even a collection of XML files.
Note: Building and associating are independent, and are not