DITA authoring using SharePoint and Word Master/Sub Documents
DITA authoring is used primarily for documentation, when multiple authors are working on different components, often with an approval workflow. It is very useful for producing agendas and minutes for government or board meetings, technical documentation of various sorts.
DITA environments have two key parts: a library of document "components", and a container for a "map" that collects and orders those components into a publishable document. The final product is output to various formats, typically PDF, e-Book or html.
There are already DITA authoring tools that use MS Word as the base authoring platform (Quark, DITA Exchange), because most authors are familiar with Word as a writing tool.
SharePoint provides almost all the functionality of a good DITA authoring environment EXCEPT for a reliable way of bringing components together in a "map".
An MS Word document's master/sub document functionality can (almost) provide the mapping ability - but it's clunky and unreliable.
If only the SharePoint dev team and the MS Word dev team could put their heads together and work this out. A Word master document in SharePoint that easily finds and links to sub-documents also in SharePoint, and reliably compiles as a single document with one set of styles, page numbering ToC, etc.