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Subject: Re: [dita-lightweight-dita] template approach for specialization

Birgit and all,

To second Mark’s observation, we are in a chicken-or-egg type of situation here: we need the sample specializations for marketing and learning and training in LwDITA, but the specialization mechanism does not exist yet. Michael’s presentations and email provide the general idea for it, and a team of awesome volunteers (Mark, Don, and Tim) is working on it.
So… things right now are more at the draft level and not fully implemented, but we need the visionary work of imagining what those specializations would look like.



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

On Aug 24, 2016, at 6:51 PM, Mark Giffin <mark@markgiffin.com> wrote:

Hi Birgit,

Right now there is no tool that will generate the DTD/schema from a specialization template. There are a couple of us working on this right now, though, and it is a high priority. Other people need it also.

I think the only way to do it right now is to sort of "follow the logic" and manually create your schema. Sorry for the confusion.

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin Consulting, Inc.

On 8/24/2016 4:49 AM, Birgit Strackenbrock wrote:
Hi Michael,
At the last LW call Jan has presented the LW marketing specialization we are working on. One comment/question was:
- We might not have used the correct specialization mechanism. LW DITA supports the template-based specialization, we did it the “old way”. 
And for sure, we didn’t used the template approach.
Now, I have read again all mails about the template approach and I thing I understand it more or less. I could make a template like the one in http://markmail.org/message/pd4u5kfg44xp5x5c but I am wondering how I can get/generate the DTD or better XSD from this. Do I need a special tool and/or scripts?
And yes, I do wonder if the template approach really is much easier than the “old way” as used in standard DITA. Maybe an advantage is that the specialization will not become more complex than the basic topic and elements.
Kind regards, Birgit
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