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Subject: DITA Translation SC Agenda -- Monday 11 September 2006

Agenda for Monday 11 September 2006

11:00 am - 12:00 am Eastern Standard Team DITA Technical Committee teleconference USA Toll Free Number: 866-566-4838 USA Toll Number:


PASSCODE: 185771

Roll Call

Accept Minutes from 28 August 2006 (enclosed for those who are not TC members)



Attached for non-members.

3) Review open action items

 --ACTION-- Next draft of the best practice for legacy TM (Gershon Joseph)


--ACTION-- Nancy Harrison to work on examples of multi-language documents this week and we'll formulate a  definition next meeting.


--ACTION-- Andrzej develop a conref best practice document


4) Returning business:

4.1  Once again, review the Best practice for Indexing (attached) – approval needed – forward to TC

       The current discussions of start and end range implementation should not affect translation.

4.2 Review Rodolfo’s XLIFF article outline at the Heartsome wiki address


If anyone wants to add sections, comments or any idea, please go ahead and change the wiki.

Other continued action items if available.

New Business:





JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD


Comtech Services, Inc.

710 Kipling Street, Suite 400

Denver, CO 80215





DITA Translation Subcommittee Meeting Minutes: 28August 2006

(Recorded by JoAnn Hackos <joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com>)

The DITA Translation Subcommittee met on Monday, 28 August 2006 at 08:00am PT
for 60 minutes.

1.  Roll call

        JoAnn Hackos (chair)
	Don Day 
        Kevin Farwell
        Rodolfo Raya
        Robert Anderson
        Andrzej Zydron

        Gershon Joseph

2.  Accept the minutes[1] of the previous meeting.


3.  Review open action items:

    --ACTION-- Please send review comments to the list of the draft Best 
    Practices for Indexing


    --ACTION-- Next draft of the best practice on indexing (JoAnn Hackos to 
    complete when the TC reaches a decision on start and end range)


    --ACTION-- Next draft of the best practice for legacy TM (Gershon Joseph)


    --ACTION-- Work on examples of multi-language documents (Nancy Harrison)

4.  Returning business: 

4.1 Approve the committee draft of the Best Practices for Indexing

    Approved (move Rodolfo, second Andrzej)

    JoAnn will submit the committee draft to the DITA TC

4.2 Reviewed Andrzej's draft of the conref best practice. 

    Discussed the recommended use of proper nouns in thenominative case rather than objective case 
    avoid grammatically incorrect text in translation.

    Rodolfo recommended sending the DITA XML and the published documents to the translator for review.

    Generated text should be maintained as XML. Extend the best practice to include generated text.

    Since the DITA map is an XML document, translatable text in the map is not a problem. However,
    translatable text in a map may require one map for every language.

4.3 Handling multi-language documents

    Discussed the creation of a multi-language document using conrefs or separate documents. Processing
    software should be used to combine the language-specific text into the final document.

    The multi-language text should only be merged at composition time. Do not include multi-language
    text into a single document. 

    DITA provides an explicit architecture to manage this processing.

    Will Nancy Harrison create the best practice draft?

4.4 XLIFF and DITA compatibility

    Discussed potential issues with XLIFF and DITA. Conrefs, translate=yes attribute, may require
    specially designed filters.

    May be a problem using Java code to process the DITA map. Suggestion to separate the code that
    processes the DITA map. Problem with the licenses. Is it possible to change the license?
4.5 XLIFF article
    Rodolfo has provided a wiki for development of the article on XLIFF.

5.  New Business:


-- Meeting adjourned at 09:00am PT --

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