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Subject: RE: [dita-techstds] RE: DITA for Tech Standards activity

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gershon Joseph (gerjosep) [mailto:gerjosep@cisco.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, 2010 July 28 3:26
> To: Robert D Anderson; dita-techstds@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [dita-techstds] RE: DITA for Tech Standards activity
> Hi Robert,
> I'm pleased to see this taking off. I would like to participate. In my
> mind, this SC needs to do the following:
> 1. Get a formal content and style definition from OASIS (We had issues
> with this while working on the DITA 1.2 spec, since they have things
> scattered over several documents plus a lot of it is simply
> underspecified or unspecified...)
> 2. Create a map specialization to capture the structure of the OASIS
> spec plus the metadata that's required.
> 3. Possibly create topic specializations if we need this (we may even
> choose to have a specialized topic to represent the cover page).
> 4. Develop a DITA-OT plug-in for each OASIS output required (I think
> all we need is PDF and XHTML or HTML5)

I'm not sure an OASIS TC should be working on the DITA-OT officially.
Of course, members of a TC can work on the OT in another capacity,
but not as a TC effort because the OT is "just another implementation".

> 5. Write documentation/tutorials and package it all up.

As long as the documentation doesn't give the OT any special
status beyond that of yet another implementation.


> Follow-on projects of this SC would be to do the same for other OASIS
> artifacts, such as white papers (we have a plug-in that's close at the
> DITA Adoption TC, but we have not documented it yet and I suspect
> there's room for improvement and tweaking).
> I have joined the SC.
> Thanks for driving this!
> Gershon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:39 PM
> To: dita-techstds@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: DITA for Tech Standards activity
> Hi everybody,
> I'm sending this to the DITA for Tech Standards list, as well as (by
> BCC)
> to several people that may not be on that list but have expressed
> interest.
> As most of you know, one roadblock to using DITA for OASIS standards
> that there's no clearly defined way right now to encode some required
> information. That info includes most of the information on the cover
> page,
> as well as a couple of other items like how to recognize appendix
> sections.
> Seth Park and I have signed up to work on this, but would like to get
> input
> from this group on the work as we go.
> The most urgent goal is to get a defined, generic way to mark up an
> spec, which allows us to mark up the DITA specification itself but can
> also
> cover other OASIS specifications. If possible, it should also cover
> other
> specifications such as those from W3C, but in my opinion that could
> also
> be
> a follow-on activity.
> Thoughts? I'll also encourage those not on the SC list already to join
> up
> here (as a member or observer); that's the only way that you'll be
> to
> track future discussion:
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=dita-
> techstds
> Thanks -
> Robert D Anderson
> IBM Authoring Tools Development
> Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit
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