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Subject: Re: [dita] Prototype DITA 1.1 DTDs

I'd like to second Rodolfo's request. I ran into the same problem while 
trying to validate docs, and happened to have conflicting catalogs. If 
the DTDs and modules were versioned, I would not have run into the conflict.

Best regards,


Rodolfo M. Raya wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-06-13 at 16:34 -0500, Robert D Anderson wrote:
>     We've talked in the past about having version specific public IDs available
>     in the catalog, but we would also have the version-agnostic version. The ID
>     with no version would always point to the latest set of document types.
>     This allows users to update their DTDs without having to update the DOCTYPE
>     in their files.
>     Of course, that particular concern is only a worry for the actual DTD
>     files, not for the modules. So, I'm not sure if we want the modules to use
>     public IDs with versions. My guess would be no, for consistency... but are
>     there any other opinions?
> Hi,
> IMHO, each DTD and module version should have its own version number 
> in the PUBLIC ID. This is the standard procedure that you can find in 
> other XML vocabularies, like DocBook.
> DTDs and catalogues are different things. Lazy users can play with 
> their catalogues and make them point to the latest version without 
> updating DOCTYPE declarations in their documents, but people dealing 
> with different versions should be able to differentiate them in a 
> catalogue.
> FWIW, I found the problem while preparing my main catalogue to handle 
> DITA 1.0 and DITA 1.1 at the same time. I expect user of my tools to 
> have DITA 1.0 files, DITA 1.1 files and also their own customisations 
> of DITA. My programs should be able to resolve the right entities and  
> now the entity resolver cannot differentiate between DITA 1.0 and DITA 
> 1.1 because the DTDs have the same PUBLIC IDs .
> Please keep in mind that not only technical writers deal with DITA 
> files. I work with translation tools and for my company it is 
> important to handle any official  version of DITA, without asking 
> translators (our end users) that know nothing about DTDs and 
> catalogues to tweak configuration files every time they get a DITA 
> document to translate.
> I think that this issue needs to be carefully reviewed.
> Best regards,
> Rodolfo M. Raya
> Heartsome
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