easyDITA includes several publishing engines that enable you to produce highly customizable deliverables.

Do placeholders in topics show when I publish?

No, the placeholder buttons and the associated text don't show when published. They're a part the topic editor interface that offers guidance and provides quick access to common elements. Think of placeholders as reminders for elements that are typically used in a given topic type.

Figure 1. Task Topic Placeholders

It's common for easyDITA customers to specify their own set of buttons and configurations to meet their specific authoring needs. easyDITA is highly configurable, so just let us know if you want different placeholder text and buttons.

Can easyDITA produce Word output?

Out of the box, you can use the DITA Open Toolkit to publish to RTF, which Microsoft Word is capable of opening. You can also find other, open-source plugins capable of producing DOCX. We recommend using the Elovirta DOCX plugin.

Publishing Capabilities Reference

easyDITA includes several publishing engines that enable you to publish content to various formats and deliver it to different endpoints.

Publishing EngineDescriptionOutput Formats/EndpointsKey Features
DITA Open ToolkitThe DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT) is a mature open-source DITA transformation engine that enables you to publish content to a large number of output formats.
Out of the box:
  • HTML5
  • PDF
  • Markdown
  • Normalized DITA
  • Eclipse Help
  • HTML Help

With third-party plugins:

  • Versatility of output formats
  • Unbound transformation and customization capabilities
  • Compliance with your existing DITA-OT plugins or third-party solutions like oXygen WebHelp
PDF GeneratorThe PDF Generator is a fast publishing engine based on Prince XML that enables you to develop templates directly in easyDITA.
  • PDF
  • Rapid PDF preview and publishing
  • Interactive templates development inside easyDITA
  • Easy templates customization with HTML and CSS
Content PortalThe content portal solution enables you to instantaneously render and deliver content to a customizable and modern documentation portal website.
  • Dynamic content deployment to your documentation portal
  • Instantaneous content publication
  • Easy customization
  • Modern, responsive, and lightweight documentation portal
DocusaurusThe Docusaurus connector enables you to deliver content to a Docusaurus-built site hosted on Netlify or to generate a static Docusaurus site that you can preview locally and deploy on your own.
  • Static Docusaurus-built site
  • Netlify deployment
  • A popular static site framework sponsored by Facebook
  • Extensive customization capabilities
  • Automated delivery to Netlify