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Darwin Information Typing Architecture: DITA

Darwin Information Typing Architecture is a model (or "language") for marking up procedural and technical documentation in XML. Technical content authored using DITA typically consists of short to mid-length topics specialised for the particular needs of target audiences.

DITA was conceived with the technical industries in mind and its semantics encourages well-structured and clear authoring. DITA provides "rules" for structuring and describing content. These same rules provide the means for cross-referencing related topics, specializing topics to suit particular needs, easily reusing content, and filtering content for a particular audience or output.

Most importantly, DITA topics can be easily processed into a variety of user-friendly, targeted outputs. Should your content need updating in the future, all of your documentation can be updated and reproduced virtually simultaneously.


<task id="task1" audience="level3">
<title>Tuning the Simple Algorithm with a Narrowband Sensor</title>
<metadata><keywords><indexterm>Algorithm<indexterm>Simple</indexterm></indexterm> <indexterm>Narrowband Sensor</indexterm></keywords></metadata>
<context>The best algorithm to use with a Narrowband Sensor is the<xref
href="../Concepts/Narrowband_Sensor_Concept.xml#concept1" format="dita">Simple
<cmd>Ensure that the <b>Ignition Events per Step</b> input is set low (between 4-8 steps).</cmd>
<info>This enables the <xref
href="../Concepts/Air_Fuel_Ratio.xml#concept2" format="dita">Air Fuel Ratio</xref>to be corrected quickly if necessary.</info>
<cmd>Set <b>Controller Step Size</b> to 2%.</cmd>
<info>This enables the engine to reach stoichiometric quickly when the simple algorithm is correcting.</info>
<cmd>Set the <b>Controller Auth</b> control dialogue to 20% or higher.</cmd>
<note type="caution">Care must be taken to watch how the algorithm is correcting. In some situations it is possible for the sensor to read lean when the engine is in fact funning very rich.</note>
A simple example of content written in XML using DITA

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