If you are interested in XML-based documentation, you should attend the DITA Europe Conference. This year's DITA Europe conference took place in Munich again. For me it was the first DITA Europe, but certainly not the last.
DITA Europe is hardly comparable to the tekom conference/TC World . DITA Europe is smaller, the atmosphere almost cozy. Yet, it is an international event. No talks were given in German; there were few German speakers, exhibitors, and visitors. Instead, many international XML stars to rub elbows with. At the DITA Europe, software manufacturers meet DITA standard experts.
Among the presented XML technologies were XLIFF, XSLT, XSL:FO, XProc, MathML, and Schematron. Some speakers embedded in their presentations the software development tools they use in their processes: version control tools like Git and Subversion, build tools like Ant and Maven, but also integration tools, such as Jenkins or Travis.
The quality of the presentations was high. The speakers let us look behind the scenes and showed practical examples and running code. Only few speakers just scratched the surface by presenting sketches or screenshots.
Lisa Lambert from the American organizer CIDM, the woman behind DITA Europe, indicated that they were very satisfied with the venue. In an open feedback session during the final event, however, some participans complained that the conference took place shortly after the tekom conference was over. Some also complained about the weather in Munich and suggested Barcelona instead. Wherever it will be, the DITA Europe is worth the journey.