Just returned last night from the DITA
North America 2010 conference. We had at least three vendors exhibiting fully
workable MS Word editors that produce valid DITA. The same files can be opened
in conventional XML editors. We’re seeing great interest in the Word or
Word-like interfaces because so many early adopters of DITA are now moving
their implementations out into the enterprise where most would prefer WYSIWYG
JoAnn Hackos PhD
Co-chair DITA Adoption TC
Comtech Services, Inc.
From: Kelvin Lawrence
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010
To: Mary McRae
Cc: Bob Freund;
firstname.lastname@example.org; Frederick Hirsch; Dave Ings
Subject: Re: [chairs] What can
Standards Development / TC Administration do to help?
As much as I am an XML
advocate, requiring the use of an XML editor or a text editor like Vi to author
documents is a major non starter for me. I want to be able to use my word
processor to edit WYSIWIG style. One of the things I have always found hard at
W3C is that specs are authored in XML and then processed by style sheets to
produce the specs. While it is a great use of the technology, it is not the
easiest way for an editor to work especially as will be the case in many TCs an
editor not skilled in the art of working in native XML but very comfortable
using a word processor type app.
Mary McRae <email@example.com>
Frederick Hirsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bob Freund <Bob.Freund@hitachisoftware.com>,
Dave Ings <email@example.com>, "firstname.lastname@example.org"
04/22/2010 02:30 PM
Re: [chairs] What can Standards Development / TC
Administration do to help?
a few free XML editors out there, or maybe a handful of companies would like to
make their products available for use by TC members.
On Apr 22, 2010, at 3:08 PM, Frederick Hirsch
> I see the benefit of automation of
publication checking and tool driven production of various output formats.
This also might make useful templates easier to work with.
> What about authoring tools, or would editors
be working in ed/vi/emacs (not that all mind doing so)?
> regards, Frederick
> Frederick Hirsch
> On Apr 22, 2010, at 12:57 PM, ext Mary McRae
>> Agreed. How would the chairs feel about
mandating all specs be created in an OASIS XML format?
>> On Apr 22, 2010, at 12:40 PM, Bob Freund
>>> How much of this review might be
>>> might be a lot if we had an xml
>>> On Apr 22, 2010, at 9:24 AM, Dave
>>>> This would really cut down on the
iterative churn that seems to frustrate the people involved in the publication
process. Great idea!
>>>> Regards, Dave Ings,
>>>> Emerging Software Standards
>>>> Email: email@example.com
>>>> Yahoo Messenger: dave_ings
>>>> <graycol.gif>Hanssens Bart
---2010/04/22 09:02:30 AM---> Would you like us to review your
specifications prior to TC ballots so you don't need to go back a
Hanssens Bart <Bart.Hanssens@fedict.be>
Mary McRae <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
2010/04/22 09:02 AM
RE: [chairs] What can Standards Development
/ TC Administration do to help?
>>>> > Would you like us to review
your specifications prior to TC ballots so you don't need to go back and fix
>>>> That would be very helpful
indeed, especially for new TC's / people submitting specifications for the
>>>> Best regards