Developing Custom DITA-based Help Systems

This topic introduces solutions for developing custom Help implementations using DITA source and/or output.

If your company has developed a custom Help viewer or custom run-time environment, it is unlikely that the default output from an existing DITA plug-in will be what you need. This section of the DITA Help Technologies Guide explains how to use DITA plug-ins and other tools to generate the base ingredients for a custom help implementation. You will need to invest some amount of post-processing effort, therefore, to integrate output from multiple DITA plug-ins and/or to customize output for exactly what you need.

Figure 1. DITA Source to Customized Help Environments

We can't really help you with these post-processing or customization tasks, but we can help you generate the ingredient content and point out some common issues that might affect your customizations.