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Subject: RE: [dita] Proposal for DITA 1.3

Hi Eliot,

We were able to satisfy the requirement through specialization creating the learningObjectMapRef and learningObjectMap as described below. We did have to do some tweaking to our infrastructure to support storing and authoring learningObjectMap elements as separate files. 

The intention of our proposal for the TC is to consider that a standard approach. The learning and training industry has been talking about learning objects for a long time and DITA 1.2 has really aided the industry by defining what a learning object is. The only real shortcoming we have seen in the L&T specialization is a standardized approach to make learning objects exist truly as objects. This would allow tool providers to support such a feature in a standardized way and enable the easy exchange of learning objects between companies. 


Mark Myers
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-----Original Message-----
From: Eliot Kimber [mailto:ekimber@reallysi.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:15 AM
To: Buchholz, Thilo; dita
Subject: Re: [dita] Proposal for DITA 1.3

I agree that it would be sensible to have a mapref specifically for
references to learning object maps.

However, remember that the learning object map elements are a domain and in
the TC-provided learning map document type shell are integrated with an
otherwise generic map. So there is already the ability to use generic
<mapref> to point to maps containing only learningObject elements.

So I'm not sure the lack of a specialized learning object map reference
element is actually preventing satisfaction of the requirement.

On the other hand, the specialization is pretty trivial.



On 7/26/11 3:37 AM, "Buchholz, Thilo" <thilo.buchholz@sap.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I discussed with my team possible input for the DITA 1.3 spec. Since we are
> still in the implementation phase for an infrastructure to produce training
> content, we still collecting first experiences with DITA. Nonetheless the team
> came up with a proposal and would be willing to take ownership for the issue.
> Here is a short description.
> ³The DITA Learning and Training Specialization should support the storage of
> learning objects as separate files on a file system or repository. Currently,
> it only supports the storage of the components within a learning object as
> separate files.
>  In the 1.2 model, learning objects are implemented using the learningObject
> topicref element within a map or learningGroup. Children of the learningObject
> including learningPlanRef, learningAssessmentRef, learningOverviewRef,
> learningContentRef, and learningSummaryRef then contain references to separate
> files. However, it could often be the case that an implementation requires
> that learning objects be stored as a discreet components. In this way,
> multiple learning maps could then reuse the same set of learning objects in
> different aggregations.
>  One possible approach is to implement two new elements, learningObjectMapRef
> and learningObjectMap. The learningObjectMapRef could be a topicref
> specialization that could be a child of a learning map or learningGroup. A
> child of learningObjectMapRef could then be learningObjectMap which could be a
> map specialization that would function as a wrapper element around
> learningObject. This would enable the learningObjectMap to be stored as a
> separate file and referenced by the learningObjectMapRef in one or more maps.²
> BR Thilo
> Dr. Thilo Buchholz
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