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

For myself I'd like to see us provide several different packages

One package for the core specs, DTDs, and schemas.

One package for each specialization family that would include the specs,
DTDs, and schemas for that family, but not for the core.

A super package that contains all of the specs for everything, but none
of the DTDs or schemas.  Not sure if this super package should both the
source and the composed outputs for the specs or just the composed
outputs. In any case would like to see PDF, Web, and HTML Help outputs

A super package that contains everything (core, all families, all specs,
all DTDs, and all schemas).

The organization of the DTDs and schemas into families would mimic the
new organization of the specs.

The contents of the super packages would be made up from the contents of
the individual packages and have the same structure as the individual
components in the individual packages. Or said another way, you would
still be able to see the structure of the individual packages within the
super packages.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert D Anderson [mailto:robander@us.ibm.com]
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 6:03 PM
> To: dita@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [dita] Organization of the DITA Specification
> Hi - I intended to send this out last Friday, but am just now getting
> it
> - so it will sound a bit rushed.
> The TC needs to put a small amount of thought into how the
> 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
> 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
> useful for a single user or implementer to grab every industry bundle
> 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
> 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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