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Subject: Re: [dita-lightweight-dita] Specialization chapter in committee note

I am sorry to have missed yesterday's meeting (calendar SNAFU). I agree with your assessment; template-based specialization should not be a linchpin of the proposal. Rather, I look on this activity as an investigation that, if proven practicable, can be later promoted (venue to be determined, maybe dita.xml.org by that time) as a best practice for adopters and implementers (insofar as it involves coding that is not "standardizable").

STC is soliciting papers at the moment. That could be another opportunity for publication with some potential face time for a SC member who can present, if it is accepted.

On 12/15/2016 7:50 AM, Carlos Evia wrote:

Dear all,

We had a call yesterday to review the draft of our LwDITA committee note. Looking at the proposed TOC (and actual content), it is clear that whereas the XDITA, HDITA, and MDITA sections are looking healthy and quite consistent, the section on the template-based specialization is underdeveloped.

Something to consider here: should we move the specialization section out of this first LwDITA committee note? Maybe we can keep working on it and present it in a different document. We can release it as an article for ACM SIGDOC or the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (I can score some monies to make it open access and avoid journal paywalls).

I think the IEEE PCS journal would be interested if we present it as a case study (marketing specialization, anyone?) 

Then, we can develop the sections on authoring formats (Elliot Kimber’s correct term for LwDITA’s “flavors”) and have this first committee note out ASAP.



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

Don R. Day
Founding Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee (current version: DITA 1.3)
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