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Subject: Re: [dita-help] Lateral Thinking - Cloning the DHSC

Hi Tony,

  The charter of the DITA TC was not changed in any way; whatever was allowable previously is still allowable. That said, there's no reason not to have parallel subcommittees - one working on the actual DITA specialization and another working on its adoption.



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On Jan 19, 2010, at 7:06 PM, Tony Self wrote:

> Greetings colleagues
> For those of you not at the last meeting of the DITA Help Subcommittee, one
> of the interesting discussions we had related to how to progress the DITA
> Help Technologies Guide. You may recall that a change at the OASIS level
> moved the responsibility for publishing whitepapers and the like to Adoption
> committees. As a subcommittee of the DITA Technical Committee, we are
> therefore unable to "officially" publish the DHTG.
> Some lateral thinking resulted in an innovative idea: what if we clone the
> DHSC as a subcommittee of the DITA Adoption TC? This would basically involve
> setting up a duplicate of ourselves. We would then run joint meetings, with
> the first part of the meeting covering spec issues (the domain of the DITA
> TC), and the second part covering adoption issues (the domain of the DITA
> Adoption TC). Ideally, everyone involved in the DITA TC subcommittee would
> join the "parallel universe" Adoption TC subcommittee. This would mean that
> anyone interested would have to join the Adoption TC first; there's no cost
> to this, of course.
> Everyone at the meeting agreed to pursue this idea, mainly because it
> sounded a bit crazy! If it works, it would mean that we can expand our aims
> of guiding people towards best practice in using DITA for Help, but still
> continue our role in recommending changes to the standard for 1.3 to better
> accommodate Help implementations.
> What does everyone think?
> Regards
> Tony Self
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