I recently stumbled across the WinAnt Echidna project on SourceForge while browsing the DITA Open Toolkit project forums. While DITA as a markup language is not difficult to learn and begin to start creating content, DITA can be difficult to see the fruits of those labors if you are just getting starting with the DITA-OT. Most information developers are not experts in XSL or ANT. The WinAnt tool can help them get started with producing DITA sourced content very quickly.
WinAnt is generally going to appeal to writers and teams on smaller projects. Larger and more complex projects and deliverables likely have requirements that go beyond what WinAnt provides. Continue reading