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Subject: Re: [dita-lightweight-dita] First draft of survey

My first thoughts - and thanks so much for pulling this together!

How about this as a logic flow - trying to keep it mostly one stream, with skippable sections, rather than completely different branches.

Assumptions: I think we're going after an audience that is already somewhat aware of LW DITA, and considering using it - those are the ones who can answer the questions we have. If we go after too broad an audience we'll just confuse them, and get unhelpful answers.

1. Are you familiar with Lightweight DITA?
        yes - skip background
        no - offer background (minimal, with links to more, and the suggestion that they should consider reviewing that material and then coming back)
2. Is your organization using DITA of any kind today?
        yes - give list of roles for selection
                for each role selected, give option of providing up to 3 example URLs, with a field for the submitter to describe the content type
                eg: Type of content: ---- URL for example, if available: ----
                (note: non-technical sme shouldn't give marketing as an example since that's an explicit role - how about accountant?)
        no - go to next question
3. Where are you considering using LW DITA?
        list of roles again, again for each role have option of providing 3 content types and example urls

4. For the content you are considering LW DITA for, what authoring tools do you use today?
        (should include XML editors, web cms forms)

5. Are you a tools developer?
        yes - what formats do you need to accept as input?
                (markdown, json, html, word, etc.)
                and what formats do you need to provide as output?
                (above plus pdf, epub, etc.)
        no - go to next question

6. Are you familiar with DITA specialization?
        yes - skip to next question
        no - give background
7. Are you familiar with LW DITA specialization?
        yes - skip to next question
        no - give background

6. The following elements in LW DITA provide the basic building blocks of content - more specialized forms of them can be created by the user through specialization. Is there anything missing from the basic list?
          note: pre is for preformatted text, not prereqs

7. If we removed the following specialization capabilities from LW DITA, would it prevent your adoption?
        if yes:
        (needs to be multiple select)
        - nestable containers (the div element in full DITA)
        - attribute specializations off of base (any attributes that aren't metadata/props based)
        - specialization from existing specializations (any specialization that isn't directly derived from topic and its elements)
        - you've already removed a feature I need (write in)
        if no (choice):
        - I'm not planning to specialize
        - or everything is fine, don't need those features

8. Given what you currently know about LW DITA, which of these potential benefits are important to you?

9. Can we contact you with follow up?

One final thing - if we can add the ability to page back/forward in the survey, would make it easier to revisit earlier answers (and to review it :-)

Thanks again Carlos,

Michael Priestley, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM)
Enterprise Content Technology Strategist

From:        Carlos Evia <cevia@vt.edu>
To:        dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org
Date:        06/30/2016 02:40 PM
Subject:        [dita-lightweight-dita] First draft of survey
Sent by:        <dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org>

Ok dear LwDITA/FINCH/MAGMA2/LITA sub-comittee friends,

Here’s a link to the first draft of our survey:

Following Jang’s recommendation, the survey has two branches based on the participant’s knowledge/awareness of DITA. There are gaps in language and terminology, of course, but that happens in first drafts.
Please send comments and feedback.


Carlos Evia, Ph.D.
Director of Professional and Technical Writing
Associate Professor of Technical Communication
Department of English
Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0112

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