5 Minutes Windows Tutorial to Getting Started with DITA Open Toolkit

This DITA XML tutorial will help you set up and use the DITA Open Toolkit open-source publishing system under Windows (tested on Windows XP).

Duration : 5 minutes

  1. Download Java, then launch the installation program.
  2. Download DITA Open Toolkit 1.5.4 on the desktop, then unzip DITA-OT1.5.4_full_easy_install_bin.zip.
  3. Press the “Windows key” and the letter “R”.

    The Run Dialog Box appears.

  4. Type cmd

    and press OK.

    A terminal window appears.

  5. Paste the following command in the terminal window,then press Enter:

    cd Desktop\DITA-OT1.5.4_full_easy_install_bin\DITA-OT1.5.4

  6. Paste the following command in the terminal window, then press Enter:

    startcmd.bat

    A new terminal window appears.

  7. Paste the following command in the new terminal window, then press Enter:
    java -jar lib/dost.jar /i:samples/taskbook.ditamap /outdir:. /transtype:pdf2

    This command creates a PDF file from a DITA XML sample project.

Congratulations, you’ve just compiled your first DITA XML project! The taskbook.pdf target file is located in the Desktop\DITA-OT1.5.4_full_easy_install_bin\DITA-OT1.5.4 directory. Skip steps 1 and 2 to compile new projects.

4 thoughts on “5 Minutes Windows Tutorial to Getting Started with DITA Open Toolkit

  1. Hi there

    I’m on step 5 of the 5 Minutes Windows Tutorial to Getting Started with DITA Open Toolkit.
    When I post the command, cd Desktop\DITA-OT1.5.4_full_easy_install_bin\DITA-OT1.5.4, I get a message saying, The system cannot find the path specified.

    What should I do?

    Thanks

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