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Subject: RE: [dita] DITA TC question: Web GUI hosted at OASIS?

Hi Don,

  This sounds like a great idea! I'd certainly hope we could host this in the
Focus Area somehow. I have no idea what would be involved and we'd need to have
conversations with regard to who would provide the actual code, what would be
needed for underlying infrastructure, Drupal compatibility, etc. but I'm 100%
behind the concept!

Best regards,


Mary P McRae
Director, TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don Day [mailto:dond@us.ibm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 9:41 AM
> To: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org; carol.geyer@oasis-open.org
> Cc: DITA TC list
> Subject: [dita] DITA TC question: Web GUI hosted at OASIS?
> As you are aware, the DITA TC has been working through how to provide
> "starter packs" of common groups of topic types and domains for various use
> cases. As DITA continues to grow with new specializations, the number of
> permutations grow as well. At last week's DITA TC meeting, we had the
> following discussion (recorded at
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200807/msg00028.html):
> "John Hunt summarized. The subcommittee had a good discussion about
> packaging and docytpe shell options provided by Michael Priestley, but the
> consensus was while there was value in providing alternative shells, it was
> troubled by the question of who actually would do the work of providing and
> maintaining these shells. Discussion ensued. Michael Priestley noted that
> Robert Anderson had told him that he did not know whether he could handle
> the additional work. Elliot Kimber asked whether the heavy work was the
> sheer number of shells or the task of documenting them; Michael answered
> that he thought that it was the need to test the shells, and suggested
> tabling the discussion until Robert was present. Michael then added that
> the TC needed to get a better sense of how much work is involved and weigh
> it against work that would be needed to create an interface that would
> enable people to create custom doctype shells. He elaborated on the idea of
> a Web GUI that would enable users to create custom doctype shells that met
> their needs by selecting topic types, domain types, map type, etc.
> Discussion ensued about where such solution could be hosted, whether any
> other standards body offered tools that supported standards implementation
> (such as w3w and HTML Tidy), whether the specifications could or should
> include a reference to the tool, etc. The general consensus was that such a
> tool would be valuable as an important utility to make the architecture
> available to users and should be located on a Web site hosted by OASIS"
> Basically it would be "just another way to get packages" from the OASIS
> site, but with the special behavior of building custom sets that follow the
> DITA rules for grouping and subsetting.  The availability of this tool
> would simplify the packaging planning that we have been absorbed with for
> many weeks (and the problem is not getting any smaller as DITA evolves).
> So I've been requested to ask, If the TC had resources to develop such a
> tool, would OASIS be able to host the tool itself (which is separate from
> the downloadable Spec package itself) on one of its domains, either
> associated with the TC or with the DITA community as you think might be
> appropriate?
> We would appreciate OASIS giving this proposal some considered thought and
> a soon reply.  Thanks!
> Regards,
> --
> Don Day
> Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
> Email: dond@us.ibm.com
> 11501 Burnet Rd. MS9033E015, Austin TX 78758
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>  Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"
>    --T.S. Eliot
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