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Subject: Fw: Submission of OASIS DITA 1.1 CS for approval

Hi, all. This submission note got to Mary McRae on time week before last,
but did not make it into these email archives due to coming from a
non-member email account. The submission is okay.  I just wanted to get the
text into the record here, as the links represent the lastest referenced
material for the approval. Upon approval, dates may be changed, nothing

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
----- Forwarded by Don Day/Austin/IBM on 06/25/2007 12:12 PM -----
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             donday@bga.com            mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org           
             06/13/2007 10:29                                      Subject 
             PM                        Submission of OASIS DITA 1.1 CS for 
             Please respond to                                             

The OASIS DITA Technical Committee hereby submits the DITA
1.1 Committee Specification for consideration as an OASIS

(a) Links to the approved Committee Specification in the
TC's document repository, and any appropriate
supplemental documentation for the specification:

Overview doc:

Architectural specification:

Language specification:

(b) The editable version of all files that are part of the
Committee Specification:

Overview doc:

Architectural specification:

Language specification:



(c) Certification by the TC that all schema and XML
instances included in the specification, whether by
inclusion or reference, including fragments of such, are
well formed, and that all expressions are valid:

The TC hereby certifies that all schema and XML instances
are valid.

(d) A clear English-language summary of the specification:

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA)
specification defines
both a) a set of document types for authoring and organizing
information; and b) a set of mechanisms for combining and
document types using a process called specialization.

The DITA 1.1 specification is designed to be
backwards-compatible with 1.0-conforming applications. The
following major changes to the architecture provide added
functionality for 1.1:

* A <bookmap> specialization for encoding book-specific
information in a DITA map
* A <glossentry> specialization for glossary entries
* Indexing specializations for see, see-also, page
ranges, and sort order
* Improvements to graphic scaling capability
* Improved short description flexibility through a new
<abstract> element
* Specialization support for new global attributes, such
as conditional processing attributes
* Support for integration of existing content structures
through the <foreign> element
* Support for new kinds of information and structures
through the <data> and <unknown> elements
* Formalization of conditional processing profiles

(e) A statement regarding the relationship of this
specification to similar work of other OASIS TCs or other
standards developing organizations;

The work of the OASIS DocBook TC and the OASIS Open Document
Format TC are related in the documentation realm to DITA,
however the goals and design of DITA provide different
capabilities for potentially wider user communities. To our
knowledge, this specification has no relationship to any
other work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing

(f) The Statements of Use presented above:

The following statements of use have been provided to date
by OASIS organization members:


JustSystems (XMetaL):

Flatirons Solutions:


Comtech Services, Inc.:

(g) The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s):
Beginning 5 March 2007, ending 4 May 2007

A pointer to the announcement of the public review(s):

and a pointer to an account of each of the comments/issues
raised during the public review period(s), along with its

(h) An account of and results of the voting to approve the
specification as a Committee Specification, including the
date of the ballot and a pointer to the ballot:

Request for CS approval ballot (9 May 2007):

Announcement (24 May 2007):

OASIS notification of approval:

(i) An account of or pointer to votes and comments received
in any earlier attempts to standardize substantially the
same specification, together with the originating TC’s
response to each comment;

None on record.

(j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for
the originating TC:

(k) A pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or
more Members who did not vote in favor of approving the
Committee Specification, which report may include statements
regarding why the member voted against the specification or
that the member believes that Substantive Changes were made
which have not gone through public review; or certification
by the Chair that no minority reports exist.

None on record.

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