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Subject: DITA Technical Committee Meeting Minutes: 25 November 2008


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DITA Technical Committee Meeting Minutes: 25 November 2008

Chaired by Don Day <dond@us.ibm.com>
Minutes recorded by Gershon Joseph <gerjosep@cisco.com>

The DITA Technical Committee met on Tuesday, 25 November 2008 at 08:00am PT for
60 minutes.

1.  Roll call

    We have quorum.

2.  Approve minutes from previous business meeting:
    * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00021.html (11 Nov 2008)
    * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00037.html (for note only, last week's unofficial "minutes")

    Accepted by acclamation.

3.  Subcommittee reports (as needed)
    * OASIS DITA Translation Subcommittee
    * OASIS DITA Learning Content Subcommittee

    > ACTION: Don to contact John Hunt to update the TC next meeting

    * OASIS DITA Machine Industry Subcommittee
    * OASIS DITA Semiconductor Information Design Subcommittee
    * OASIS DITA for Enterprise Business Documents Subcommittee
    * OASIS DITA Help Subcommittee
    * OASIS DITA for Technical Standards
    * OASIS DITA Adoption TC

4.  Business:

    1.  ITEM: DITA 1.2 Specification Review Assignments
        * http://wiki.oasis-open.org/dita/Draft_DITA_1.2_Specification_Review_Assignments

        * Ongoing discussion about 12011 content model:
          * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00035.html (and previous)

        > JoAnn contacted Alan Houser about the thinking behind the process element.
        > JoAnn and Michael suggested renaming <process>, since its usage is not in sync
        > with the meaning of the word "process". 

        > DECISION: Rename <process> to <steps-informal> with the existing content model.
        > The language spec needs to updated accordingly.

        > ACTION: Robert to update the DTDs, Eric to update the schema, and JoAnn to update 
        > the description in the language spec.

        * New ITEM: "Since" field for element reference?
          * Pertains to current draft update
          * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00041.html

        > Eliot suggested noting the DITA release that introduced each new feature.
        > The TC felt this is a worthwhile addition to the spec.

        > ACTION: Robert to enable flagging via @rev and to check whether the DITA-OT 
        > supports rendering the information below, or alongside, the title.

        > CLOSED.

        * New ITEM: Indicate which elements are for specialization?
          * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00043.html

        > The TC agreed that it's a good idea to indicate in each element discussion
        > whether the element is primarily intended for specialization.

        > Michael suggested using a container topic to contain all elements intended for
        > specialization, which will give us the auto-generated link indicating it's in
        > that group.

        > Don suggested a text string in <shortdesc> stating the element is intended for
        > specialization.

        > Robert suggested both -- wrapping them all in the topic renamed "Elements intended
        for specialization" and also adding a statement to this effect in the element's 

        > ACTION: Kristen to create the list of elements and the suggested text. Eliot and 
        > JoAnn to send Kristen their lists and input.

    2.  ITEM: OASIS hosting of a Web GUI
        * Review progress

        > ACTION: Don to move this item to the end of the agenda.
        > CONTINUED.

    4.  ITEM: Review 1.2 list for items that should be considered for 1.3
        * Update the DITA 1.3 list on the Wiki (Gershon)
        * deferring until next week

        > CONTINUED

    5.  ITEM: Request for input on DITA 1.2 use:
        * Note new list below for collecting affirmations of use.

        > ACTION: Don to move this item to the end of the agenda.

    6.  New ITEM: "DITA goes Nuclear" thread 
        * Is anyone else in the nuclear industry using DITA?
        * If yes, where should specialization go?
        * Revisit this week

        > Michael in discussions with folks within IBM. Revisit next week.
        > CONTINUED.

    7.  New ITEM: Keyref not sufficient for general indirection
        * http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200811/msg00045.html (kimber)

        > Continue on the list. Revisit next week.

5.  Announcements/Opens

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