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Subject: Suggested resolution for the @domains attribute kerfluffle

After a lot of reading and re-reading of the spec topics, the only thing that is clear to me is that --like many DITA 1.2 items -- there is a lack of clarity as to how @domains entries should be defined for structural specializations.

To move forward with the least impact and disruption, I suggest that the specification be updated to explicitly allow the (topic) and (map) tokens as a way to indicate the base DITA vocabulary for a specific document type shell.

I do not think that we should use normative language in the update. We cannot use a MUST statement, and I do not think that even a SHOULD statement is warranted, because it is of little enough practical value that I don't think there is any benefit in updating 1.1 or 1.2 compliant shells to add this new token.

However, this update will offer a solution to the issue that Robert originally raised of a document-type shell that does not have any domains integrated.


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
+1 919 682-2290; kriseberlein (skype)

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