In If These Walls Could Talk, technical communication maven Diane Wieland explores the possibility of using the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) as an antecedent, or precursor, to S1000D in order to create smaller bits of reusable information that can be used to create S1000D data modules, and at the same time be used for things like customer support, e-learning, parts catalogs, etc. Wieland interviews experts in the field to uncover the possibilities of integrating DITA and S1000D with other content standards, including Shareable Courseware Object Reference Model (SCORM).

Wieland does a good job of explaining the connections between the standards and her article is based on interviews with a variety of industry experts, who are working on projects designed to explore ways the various technical publications content standards can work together.