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Subject: DITA v1.2 Submitted for OASIS Standard Approval Ballot


OASIS Members:

The OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Technical
Committee has submitted the following specification, which is an approved
Committee Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.2

The text of the TC submission is appended.

You now have until 15 November 2010 to familiarize yourself with the
submission and provide input to your organization's voting representative.

On 16 November 2010, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting
Representatives of OASIS member organizations. They will have until the
last day of November, inclusive, to cast their ballots on whether this
Committee Specification should be approved as an OASIS Standard or not.

Members who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through
oasis-member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee
Specification has already completed the necessary 60-day public review
period as noted in the submission below.

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS
Standards is found at
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2010-07-28.php#OASISstandard
<http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2009-07-30.php#OASISstandard>

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita/ipr.php
<http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/[tcname]/ipr.php>

Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly
appreciated.

Mary


Mary P McRae
Director, Standards Development
Technical Committee Administrator
Member Section Administrator
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org
phone: 1.603.232.9090

Standards are like parachutes: they work best when they're open.

Important Links for all TC Members:
TC Handbook: http://docs.oasis-open.org/TChandbook/
TC Process: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2010-07-28.php


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(a) Link to the approved committee specification
HTML:
http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.html
(Authoritative version)
PDF:
http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.pdf
CHM (help file):
http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec-chm.zip
DITA XML:
http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.zip


(b) Editable version of specification
http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.zip

(c) Certification
The OASIS DITA Technical Committee certifies that all schema and XML
instances included in the specification, whether by inclusion or
reference, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid.

(d) Summary of the specification
The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) 1.2 specification
defines both a) a set of document types for authoring and organizing
topic-oriented information; and b) a set of mechanisms for combining,
extending, and constraining document types.

DITA 1.2 includes the following new features and functionality, in
addition to enhancements to existing elements and architecture:

* Keys and key references
* Enhancements to the conref mechanism
* Constraint modules
* Learning and training specialization
* New map specialization for defining controlled vocabularies and
taxonomies
* Machine industry task

(e) Relationship of this specification to other OASIS standards
The work of the OASIS DocBook Technical Committee and the OASIS Open
Document Format Technical Committee is focused on the realm of
documentation. However, the goals and design of DITA provide different
capabilities for potentially wider use. To our knowledge, this
specification has no relationship to any other work of other OASIS
technical committees or other standard-developing organizations.

(f) Statements of use
       Cisco: 
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00070.html
         Comtech Services, Inc:
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00058.html
         IBM: 
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00060.html
         JustSystems Canada, Inc:
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00069.html
         PTC: 
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00061.html
         Really Strategies, Inc:
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00062.html
         SDL: 
http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg
00074.html

(g) Public review
* The public review of the DITA 1.2 committee draft occurred 7 July 2010 -
5 September 2010.

         Formal announcement of the public review:
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201007/msg00001.html
         Public review comments and their resolution:
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/39742/DITA1.2-public-revi
ew-comments.pdf

(h) Account of voting to approve the draft as a committee specification
During 6-13 October 2010, 100% of the voting members of the DITA TC voted
to approve DITA 1.2 as a committee specification.
Here is a link to the ballot:
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=1953

(i) Earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification
None

(j) Comments archive for the DITA TC
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/

(k) Minority reports
None
 






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