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Subject: Re: [dita] on (not) making changes to 1.0 [was: OASIS DITA TC: 13 July 2004 meeting reminder]

Hi, Paul:

I agree that the most important thing for DITA at this point is to establish
a public standard so a community can form around it.

In fact, we at IBM are of two minds about proposing a new feature at this
late date. We've done so only because this feature:

* Has virtually no impact on the existing structure, semantics, and processing exprectations.

* Is simple and self contained and thus can be discussed and disposed of quickly.

* Solves an important problem that several early adopters have run into (extensibility for metadata
and record-oriented data; for instance, a data specialization introduced via a domain could add
new metadata to all existing topics).


Erik Hennum

Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com> wrote on 07/13/2004 07:33:20 AM:

> At 09:17 2004-07-13 -0500, Don Day wrote:
> >3. Progress on issues currently in discussion.
> >- Data element proposal by Erik Hennum:
> >  <http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200407/msg00008.html
> >http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200407/msg00008.html
> >  http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/200407/msg00006.html
> >- "link target rendition context ambiguity" (discuss whether to defer):
> >  <http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/200407/msg00005.html
> >http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/200407/msg00005.html
> >
> >  Ongoing:
> > - Conref and XInclude? (new info from Michael and Erik?)
> >   <http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/200407/msg00003.html
> >http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/200407/msg00003.html
> Our charter had us pretty much rubber-stamping IBM's DITA for 1.0,
> and the time frame for this work was very short.
> I would therefore argue against making any of the changes being
> discussed above in 1.0.  Rather, let's get 1.0 out asap, and then
> we can start discussing changes for post-1.0.
> (I do note that Erik has suggested both "Conref and XInclude" and
> "link target rendition context ambiguity" could wait to post-1.0.
> Erik seems to want the data tag in 1.0, but I would argue that it,
> too, should wait to post-1.0.)
> paul

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