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Subject: Re: [dita-techcomm] User on Yahoo suggests substep as a child of choice and within choicetable

This is likely a good 2014 project for the Tech Comm SC.

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From: Kristen Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com>
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:38 AM
To: DITA Tech Comm SC <dita-techcomm@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: Re: [dita-techcomm] User on Yahoo suggests substep as a child of choice and within choicetable

I can bring this up at a TC meeting in the new year. I certainly struggled with this when I was an information developer.


Kristen James Eberlein
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On 12/12/2013 10:46 AM, Bob Thomas wrote:

This thread is interesting.

It's clear that authors utilize ordered list to achieve the desired formatting when step-like things are needed within choice and choicetable. Do we contend that having step-like things inside of choice and choicetable are not a valid use-cases? I believe that they are valid use-cases, especially when you consider that Information Mapping advocates this construct in their if-then tables.

If we agree that step-like things within choice and choicetable are valid use-cases, then it would be better to offer the semantically correct element for the use cases in choice and chdesc. I deliberately omitted choption from having substeps because I contend the choption content is to help the reader select among choices.

Ordered list would have to remain in the content model for backward compatibility. But, a newly adopting organization could remove it with a constraint.

I suspect that the current models were arrived at only after lengthy discussion. Should we decide to pursue this, it would be useful to have the rationale for the decisions.

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