Slow down on this. Building tooling for template-based
specialization is one thing -- that's clearly not standards driven
work -- but if LwDITA wants to have elements and attributes in
LwDITA that will provide hooks for template-based specialization,
that very much is standards activity.
In the interim, I'd also suggest (please, please) that writing
time that you might have to spare be directed towards this
committee note or the coding effort needed to make it happen. Here
are some of the outstanding work items that I am aware of:
- Constructing the multimedia specialization, both as a
component of LwDITA and as a plug-in that DITA 1.3 users could
- Documenting the multimedia specialization in the draft
- Documenting the attributes used in LwDITA
- Those in DITA 1.3
- Those in multimedia specialization
- Any added to support template-based specialization
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Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
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On 12/20/2016 8:08 PM, Mark Giffin
I agree that the template-based specialization can be taken out of
the LWDITA committee note we are working on. I'd be interested in
helping with submitting a paper to STC. Is that the journal, Don?
Or the STC Summit event?
On 12/15/2016 7:06 AM, Don Day wrote:
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
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
Associate Professor of Technical
Department of English
Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0112
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