DITA Open Toolkit
The DITA Open Toolkit, or DITA-OT for short, is a set of Java-based, open source tools that provide processing for DITA maps and topic content.
You can download the OT and install it for free on your computer to get started with topic-based writing and publishing.Download DITA-OT
Features of the DITA Open Toolkit
The DITA Open Toolkit is primarily a publishing tool – it is intended to convert DITA content into various output formats. This topic describes which versions of DITA are supported as input; it also describes the output formats available in a default installation.
Supported versions of DITA
The toolkit supports all standard versions of DITA, including 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2. In addition, it will still process documents that were written according to the pre-OASIS version of DITA, often called “dita132”.
Supported transformation types
The following transformation types are supported out of the box with any toolkit installation:
PDF - PDF output is based on a plug-in that produces XSL-FO output. The XSL-FO output may be converted to PDF using an open source tools (Apache FOP) or using commercial tools such as RenderX or Antenna House Formatter.
XHTML - XHTML output is supported together with a variety of XHTML-based navigation types. Navigation is not required. The XHTML output contains class values based on the DITA elements so CSS files may be used to customize the output style.
Eclipse Help - Eclipse output is an XHTML based format that also produces navigation and index files for use with Eclipse information centers.
HTML Help - Microsoft Compiled HTML Help output produces a compiled help (.chm) file with the XHTML topics, table of contents, and index.
Java Help - Java Help includes a table of contents and index for use with the Java Help platform.
OpenDocument - ODT is a document format based on the ODF standard, for use with tools like Open Office.
Rich Text Format - RTF output is supported for basic content, but complex markup and some advanced features of DITA may not be supported.
troff - troff based man pages are supported; one man page is generated for each input topic. Note that tables are not supported by this transformation type.
The toolkit’s plug-in mechanism allows new transformation types to be added. Note that both TocJS and PDF2 were originally separately installable plug-ins, which became widespread enough that they are now bundled together with the default toolkit installation.
The DITA Open Toolkit is licensed for use, at the user's election, under the Common Public License 1.0 (CPL) or Apache License 2.0. A copy of the CPL and Apache License 2.0 can be found at the root directory of the DITA Open Toolkit deliverable package.
Note: Common Public License 1.0 license has been superseded by the Eclipse Public License.
If, at the time of use, the Project Management Committee has designated another version of these licenses or another license as being applicable to the DITA Open Toolkit, user may select to have its subsequent use of the DITA Open Toolkit governed by such other designated license.