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Subject: RE: [dita-comment] Small issues with the DITA standard


Regarding this point from your blog post:
> DITA elements which have conrefs or conkeyrefs need to also have the required content specified in them.

As I see it, this is really an XML requirement. Without required content a validating XML parser will flag documents like this as invalid of course.
Relaxing the DITA standard to allow for invalid structures in a document (like your example that has a table element without any children) would make DITA a standard that doesn't follow the XML Recommendation. Right?

But maybe you didn't fully explain the issue? With the current reuse models, your issue as I understand it (having to create a valid XML document) should be handled by DITA-aware authoring tools (like the ones you company and mine make). An authoring tool should be able to guide the author (or automate the process) when creating such structures. So, are these complaints from people that are not using a DITA-aware authoring tool?

I can't think of anything that could easily replace the current models either, at least something that would not be too disruptive -- perhaps an existing spec. Two that come to mind would be XML parsed entities (which can only do the simpler part of what the current reuse models can do) and perhaps XInclude (but I think it would have similar limitations).

Derek Read
Program Manager, XMetaL

-----Original Message-----
From: Radu Coravu [mailto:radu_coravu@sync.ro] 
Sent: September 15, 2017 12:35 AM
To: dita-comment@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [dita-comment] Small issues with the DITA standard

Hi everybody,

I wrote a small blog post listing some of the DITA standard-related issues our clients have been having during these years:


You probably know about most of these though.


Radu Coravu
<oXygen/>  XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger http://www.oxygenxml.com

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