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Subject: RE: [dita] Request for clarification of DITA Technical Committee Meeting Minutes: 17 April 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Grosso, Paul [mailto:pgrosso@ptc.com] 
> Sent: Monday, 2007 April 23 9:05
> To: DITA TC list
> Subject: [dita] Request for clarification of DITA Technical 
> Committee Meeting Minutes: 17 April 2007

> Re:
>  * Question about collection-type on reltable or relcolspec elements
>  * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200704/msg00008.html 
>   Discussion on the merits of making this change.
>   Michael: We should clarify this in the 1.1 spec. Question is should 
>   we remove them in 1.2?
>   Don is concerned about how this would look if we then 
> rearchitect this in the future.
>   DECISION: This will be treated as a 1.1 spec comment.

Unfortunately, I don't think I got as much clarity as I had
hoped for during today's telcon.  Maybe I'm just missing
something obvious on this subject, but I think I need something
in writing.

My notes from today's telcon say this about what I heard:

 The official word is that DITA 1.1 will not define what
 it means to use the collection-type attribute on the
 reltable element.  It will be reserved for future use--and
 presumably defined in DITA 1.2.

When I transmitted that back to the rest of Arbortext, I
was asked:

 So in DITA 1.1 the use of collection-type is undefined on
 both reltable and on relcolspec, but its use is defined
 elsewhere including on relcell?

I have no idea what to answer.

It doesn't seem right that it's so hard for a TC member--much
less someone else--to figure out what our decision is in this 
case especially after we've ostensibly discussed it at two
consecutive TC meetings.

Can we please get a definitively worded decision in writing?

Michael, I think you might be the best one to take a crack
at this.  I don't mean spec-ese, I just mean what we decided
in layman's terms as the answers to the questions at


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