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Subject: Re: [dita] Proposal for sorting elements/topics differently depending on output


The TC has directed me to respond.

Proposal 13010, which was originally just for glossary sorting, has been
expended to allow proposal of a more general "sort-as" mechanism, which the
TC agrees is important.

I am the primary owner of this proposal and will be preparing a formal
proposal in the coming weeks. If you have specific requirements or use cases
or ideas for implementation details please forward them to me.



On 12/20/11 1:37 AM, "Jonatan Lundin" <Jonatan.Lundin@citec.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I see a need to find a robust mechanism to allow sorting of elements (or whole
> topics) depending on output, which is universe to its nature meaning that such
> a mechanism must not be bound to a specific type of information, business rule
> or content domain. The solution must allow DITA users (writers) to sort
> elements when processing DITA content, without forcing them to build complex
> content models.
> The collation has been discussed here:
> http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/dita-users/message/22252. The collation
> idea has not been discussed in DITA machine industry SC, since sorting of
> elements, depending on output, is universal and does not only occur within a
> specific business context.
> Collation (sorting) is not supported in DITA 1.2. I have understood that there
> is at least one 1.3 proposal for adding more general sorting support to DITA
> 1.3, but I cannot find it in the DITA 1.3 proposal list. Maybe someone could
> help me find it (or is it proposal 13010?)? The question is if a sorting
> proposal should be made for DITA 1.3. Are there anyone else, except me, that
> has a requirement to sort markup depending on output?
> Best regards,
> Jonatan

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