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Subject: Re: [dita-help] DHTG Followup Poll ... please read

Withdrawing the current draft makes sense.  

What I don't understand is that there should be an official OASIS process whereby if the "vendor" is rejecting material because they are not included in it, or feel they are put in an unfavorable light, that vendor should be willing to join the group, or find representation from their organization, and should then be willing to enhance the document with their own flavor or raise issues with the help TC against what they/their representative finds so offensive.

There needs to be some work on the part of those rejecting this document to come in and make it better.

Sebastian E Fuhrer
IBM User Technologies
Dept. 269 Build. 004-2/G103
Tie-line 553-4918

"When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living. " ~James Baldwin


03/19/2009 09:11 AM

dita-help@lists.oasis-open.org, joewe@writersua.com
[dita-help] DHTG Followup Poll ... please read

Hi --

This email is a follow-up to a discussion and informal consensus/resolution at the DITA Help SC meeting yesterday afternoon (03/18/09). The following motion was discussed and affirmed by consensus of four meeting attendees.

RESOLUTION: The DITA Help SC withdraws the current draft of the DITA Help Technology Guide from both the DITA Technical Committee and DITA Adoption TC for review and approval. We will notify the TCs before they meet again.

CONTEXT: The DITA TC has reviewed and discussed the DHTG at two of its weekly meetings. At least two TC members believe that the inclusion of information about DITA help implementations by commercial vendors in an "OASIS-approved" document opens one or more parties to perceptions of vendor bias and/or anti-trust legal complications. The DITA TC has not voted to approve/disapprove the current draft and has deferred the issues of precedence and liability to the OASIS staff and any counsel they choose to involve. The TC discussions and emails on these issues have been spirited and somewhat fractious. In the face of a potentially protracted legal review in OASIS, the likelihood of resolving this crisply is quite low. Continuing to seek a vote from these TCs to approve/disapprove the DHTG when they perceive that they are not in a position to resolve perceived or real legal issues is counterproductive. Let's withdraw the DHTG from TC review, defuse the situation, and let the OASIS staffers and lawyers establish/clarify relevant OASIS-wide policies. The TCs have other pressing DITA 1.2 business and our SC has numerous initiatives involving features and gathering feedback from the Help community. It's time to move on.

FEEDBACK: DHTG authors especially -- please email the list with your thoughts on this motion by Monday, March 23 by 12:00PM/EST (noon). The DITA TC meets on Tuesday morning at 10:0AM/EST.

Stan Doherty
Thursday, 03/19/2009

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