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Subject: Milestone: OASIS DITA TC approves Committee Draft of DITA 1.1 materials

Mary, I am pleased to inform you of the decision yesterday by the OASIS
DITA TC to approve the following materials as the DITA 1.1 Committee Draft,
pursuant to initiating a formal public review of this new specification.

Minutes recording the unanimous approval of the Committee Draft of DITA

The links below are for the approval drafts of record, with PDFs produced
using IBM's formatter. The next step for us is to produce PDF versions that
include the required OASIS cover page for the public review version.  This
time, we will be able to use the DITA Open Toolkit with the XEP formatter
for production, using a cover page override that has been contributed by
Gershon Joseph. We will coordinate that production with Gershon as quickly
as possible so that we can make these available for the public review.

By the way, anyone will be able to use the provided source to produce
preferred output versions (using the DITA Open Toolkit or other conformant
tools) for early implementation or testing. The override for the OASIS
cover page will be specific to the DITA Open Toolkit and the XEP-based
output plugin.

We will have final links for the public review after we produce the OASIS
versions and upload all the materials under the CD category of our
documents area.

DITA 1.1 Language Specification CD:
(source files)

DITA 1.1 Architectural Specification CD:
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/22447/ditaspec.pdf (1M)
source files coming soon

DITA 1.1 DTDs  CD (normative, final)

DITA 1.1 Schemas CD (final contingent on documenting and working around a
newly-discovered parser bug, no design changes remaining--due to be
finished in a few days )

The DTDs in particular have been well tested for this version, having been
part of the IBM production environment now for several months, and
available for public use as the processing DTDS for the DITA Open Toolkit
since last August.

I wish to thank all the DITA TC members, contributing reviewers from OASIS
companies, and non-OASIS commenters for their careful focus on the DITA 1.1
designs and specifications, which have significantly more and better
reviewed information than ever before. Congratulations on achieving this

Special note: Editors for this version were Michael  Priestley for the
Architectural Specification and Robert Anderson for the Language
Specification.  Robert maintained the normative 1.1 DTDs as the design
progressed, and Eric Sirois maintained the 1.1 Schemas that reflect the
same design patterns for specialization.

Don Day
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect
Email: dond@us.ibm.com
11501 Burnet Rd. MS9033E015, Austin TX 78758
Phone: +1 512-838-8550
T/L: 678-8550

"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
 Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"
   --T.S. Eliot

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