html5media is a DITA-OT plugin and authoring UI for media insertion

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HTML5Media is a DITA Open Toolkit plugin and authoring UI that helps DITA content creators insert media such as video, audio and animated graphics into DITA source. When the DITA-OT outputs HTML to an HTML5-aware browser, the html5media plugin transforms the DITA media xrefs into HTML5-complient video, audio and canvas tags. The authoring UI helps writers preview media before insertion into DITA source. XML playlists provide a means of storage for media metadata.

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  • A way for authors to preview the media before insertion into DITA.
  • Auto-generated xref tags that can be inserted into DITA.
  • Transformation from the DITA xref to an HTML5 media element.
  • Auto-updated media references.
  • A systematic, albeit basic, way of managing media metadata.


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Developers, Information Technology

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Command-line, Web-based

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