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Subject: Re: [dita] Organization of the DITA Specification

FWIW, I'd rather see them separated into separate downloadable specs and 
modules. If you don't need them, why should we force you to download 
them in one huge package?

Best regards,


Robert D Anderson wrote:
> Hi - I intended to send this out last Friday, but am just now getting to it
> - so it will sound a bit rushed.
> The TC needs to put a small amount of thought into how the Specifications,
> including DTDs and Schemas, will be distributed with DITA 1.2.
> There are now a couple of industry specific packages, with more to come in
> the future. Should these be bundled with the core? If in separate packages,
> should they include pre-requisite portions of the core, or must users
> download more than one package? What exactly is the core?
> For example - how should one be able to access the machine industry
> specializations? It uses the task specialization, which (so far) is one of
> the core information types. So, would a Machine Industry bundle also
> include the task DTD and Schema modules, or the task specification?
> Is there still a reason to have one large bundle with all of the DITA
> specifications in a single zip? I wonder if - in the future - it will be
> useful for a single user or implementer to grab every industry bundle at
> once.
> Anyway - this is just a rather rushed way to bring up the topic. If we have
> time at tomorrow's call, we can discuss it in more detail. If there are no
> opinions from the rest of the TC, then those working on the spec will be
> forced to decide before too long.
> Thanks -
> Robert D Anderson
> IBM Authoring Tools Development
> Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit
> (507) 253-8787, T/L 553-8787 (Good Monday & Thursday)
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