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Subject: Re: #12035 Generic collation element

        4.  Updated ITEM #12035 - Generic collation element (Pickett)
            * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200711/msg00026.html

            MP reminded the TC that the proposal for a generic universal
            collation element was deemed to be too extreme considering
            DITA does not support collation at this time. The TC had previously
            asked DP to come back with a new proposal to split off topic
            collation for DITA 1.2 and save the rest of her proposal for a later
            DITA release.

            The TC is still waiting for a revised proposal from DP that meets the
            requirements the TC requested (topic only for now). The current
            proposal covers the entire spectrum that was rejected by the TC for
            DITA 1.2 scope.

            ACTION: Don to contact DP to enquire why the disposition and the
            requirements document is not addressed in her proposal.

            Revisit after DP has responded to Don's request for clarification.

I think that the confusion here is that I think I've already provided exactly that (by stating that using #12008 Constraints Without Specialization restricts <collate-as> to being inside <title>).  It isn't clear to me that restricting <collate-as> by inventing a new base element (@class="- topic/collate-as ") and putting it into <title> is better; in fact, it seems to be worse from the perspective of extending it to other elements later.

I'm tempted to suggest that #12035 be bumped to after DITA 1.2, especially since no other feature relies on it.  By that time we will all be familiar with #12008 and how it can serve #12035.  Also, it helps to alleviate 1.2's feature creep.  Those users who desperately need the feature have the option to use #12035 as a data model in the interim.

What do others think?

Deborah Pickett
Information Architect, Moldflow Corporation, Melbourne

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