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Subject: Re: [dita] Policy Decision: Loose or Not

Dana Spradley wrote:
> This would be a rather extreme change of policy, wouldn't it?
> As I understand it, ditabase is expliticly *non*-normative, and as the 
> spec currently says any nesting or other arrangement of topics in it 
> "has no particular output implications; it simply allows you to create 
> multiple topics of different types at the same level in a single document."

Unless I've completely misunderstood the implications of how things are 
delivered, all the declarations are normative. That is, the DITA 
standard consists of the architecture specification, the language 
reference, and the accompanying DTD and XSD declarations, all of which 
are normative.

That is, the very fact that we need to have language in the language 
reference about when different containment rules apply indicates that we 
have two different but normative rules.

If it wasn't normative then we wouldn't have the language in the spec.


W. Eliot Kimber
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