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Subject: Re: [dita] OASIS DITA TC Minutes for 28 June 2011

In the discussion of 13006, I understood the original proposal as coming
from the fact that in the user's system a change to addresses (but not
content) automatically triggered a re-translation of the topic.

I asserted that this sounds like a design flaw in the CMS, not a DITA
problem, and that trying to solve it in DITA is probably inappropriate. That
is, it's not a problem that a CMS can solve but a problem that a CMS
*caused* (by not being sufficiently sophisticated in distinguishing
significant from non-significant changes). The solution is to distinguish
changes to content from changes in addressing.

One of the basic principles of addressing is that addressing details can
change without changing the meaning of the content as long as the addressed
result is the same.

Thus you should be able to change a direct URL reference to the equivalent
keyref without, for example, triggering a re-translation of the topic,
because the topic *contents* have not changed, just a detail of addressing.



Eliot Kimber
Senior Solutions Architect
"Bringing Strategy, Content, and Technology Together"
Main: 512.554.9368

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