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Subject: Forwarded comments for DITA 1.1


I discovered a small gap in the propagation of attributes when Attribute
Domain specialization.  The is that not all elements have
base-attribute-extension and @base in their attlist declarations.  This
leaves some gaps on some elements where you would expect/want to use one of
the newly added attributes, but not allowed.
One case is I wish to have translation related attributes wherever xml:lang
is valid.  In the DTDs and XML Schemas for 1.1, this is not possible for a
number of elements. The base-attribute-extension is declared in the group
select-atts. Select-atts is pulled into the univ-atts group.  None of these
elements have univ-atts or select-atts declared in their attribute list.

tblDecl  - entry  - colspec

commonElement  - title

- no-topic-nesting

- taskbody

- conbody

- refbody

- glossterm

I believe that the design intension for the base attribute was that anyone
could add an attribute on any element, except, possibly, for
<no-topic-nesting>. No?

I think we need to fix this for DITA 1.1. The fix is minor and  would
affect both the DTDs and XML Schemas.  We would need to add attribute
declarations for @base and the group base-attribute-extension.
I've discovered a couple of other bugs in the schemas related to this
issue.  These will be fixed regardless of the decision the TC takes in this


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