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DITA Open Toolkit

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DITA Open Toolkit
Initial release3 March 2005; 19 years ago (2005-03-03)
Stable release
4.2.3 / 5 May 2024 (2024-05-05)
Written inJava, XSLT, Ant
LicenseApache License 2.0

DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT) is an open-source publishing engine for content authored in the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).[1]

The toolkit's extensible plug-in mechanism allows users to add their own transformations and customize the default output, which includes:[2]

Originally developed by IBM and released to open source in 2005,[3] the distribution packages contain Ant, Apache FOP, Java, Saxon, and Xerces.

Many DITA authoring tools and DITA CMSs integrate the DITA-OT, or parts of it, into their publishing workflows.[4]

Standalone tools have also been developed to run the DITA-OT via a graphical user interface instead of the command line.


  1. ^ Linton, Jen; Bruski, Kylene (2006). Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Comtech Services. p. 225. ISBN 0-9778634-0-9.
  2. ^ "DITA-OT documentation". Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ "DITA-OT 1.0 release". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  4. ^ "DITA-OT". Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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