Past Meetup

Comparing Read the Docs and DITA

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Jive Software

915 Southwest Stark Street #400 · Portland, OR

How to find us

There will be a number posted on the door. Call it, and someone will let you in.

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For our final Meetup of 2015, we'll take a comparative look of two doc tools: Read the Docs and DITA.

This will be a joint meetup with the PDX DITA users group. (

Eric Holscher will describe Read The Docs. Marya DeVoto and Leona Campbell from Jive Software will describe Jive's implementation of DITA.

They will present a “road map” of how you can publish documentation, based on a simple project. Eric also leads the Write The Docs conferences, and Jive is a leading practitioner of DITA in the PDX area.

Write The Docs Meetups are participatory events! If you use one of these tools, or something else, tell us. We'll all benefit from our shared experiences.



Once people start arriving, I'll make announcements (including a coin toss!). We'll start the actual presentations at 7 pm.



DITA, short for Darwin Information Type Architecture, provides an XML-based model for authoring and publishing topic-based content. DITA is an important tool for documentation in many corporate settings.

Read The Docs ( is the project associated with Write The Docs. It allows you to write either in reStructuredText or Markdown. The tools associated with Read the Docs help you build documentation automatically.



For food, we'll try something different: a potluck. Jive Software will provide beverages. Bring what you think is appropriate for the season. You don't have to cook; I might bring something from a local supermarket.



Note: For entry to Jive, you may need to call the number posted on the door. I'll be there about 6:15 pm. Jive has asked that people start arriving at about 6:30. We’ll eat, we’ll network, and then we’ll have our presentation.

The address for Jive is:

915 SW Stark St #200
Portland, OR 97205

It's south of Burnside, visible from Powells.