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Subject: Re: [dita] Releasing DITA 1.3 in 2014? 2017? 2018?

Kris, et al,

I will be in Singapore next week and unavailable to make the TC call.

I would like to ask about the table accessibility issue: should this be listed as a stage 1 proposal, since it was sent to the list back in March for consideration? Can we vote to move it to Stage 2? 

Thanks and best regards,

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On May 28, 2013, at 7:43 AM, Kristen James Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com> wrote:

Folks, I've gone through the task of outlining the processes that we'll need to go through to release DITA 1.3. They are outlined in the attached PowerPoint slide deck; the key thing to know about is that it will require a minimum of 25 weeks AFTER we lock down all the spec content.

I think we are going to have to make some hard choices if we want to release DITA 1.3 before 2018. Personally, I'd like to see DITA 1.3 released in December 2014, but to be honest, I don't know if it is possible.

Another thing to be aware of is the work items that will need to be completed BEFORE we can lock down the spec content. Here is my current, incomplete list:
  • Clean up existing SVN repository
  • Prototype new design for contains and contains by tables
  • Acquire new tools, if necessary to build contains and contains by tables
  • Acquire new tool for zipping up resources used by the spec
  • Prototype, document, and develop consensus around DITA 1.3 packages
  • Prototype, document, and develop consensus around information design for DITA 1.3 specification
  • Develop build process and scripts
  • Acquire new licenses for PDF rendering engines (XEP and Antenna House)
  • Add new or modified topics to the specification that have been through the DITA 1.3 process
  • Incorporate DITA 1.2 errata (see https://wiki.oasis-open.org/dita/DITA1.2Errata) -- DONE by Eberlein, 22-24 May 2013
  • Complete spec fixes and clarifications (see https://trello.com/board/spec-clarifications-improvements/513f5fb5974e438578001a71)
    • Note that this Trello board does not yet contain items listed in review #1-3 as being deferred to DITA 1.3)
  • Complete code fixes (see https://trello.com/board/dita-1-3-code-fixes/519e8e1dfb386ec417000ae9 )
  • Edit and rewrite sections of specification that have been noted as needing this work:
    • Edit "Configuration, specialization, and constraints"
    • Redo Coverage of subjectScheme and classification
    • Redo Coverage of keys
  • Conduct internal TC reviews of DITA 1.3 content (How many reviews? How should we best organize them?)
  • Conduct final internal review of DITA 1.3 packages

Kristen James Eberlein
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
Co-chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Charter member, OASIS DITA Adoption Committee
+1 919 682-2290; kriseberlein (skype)

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