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Subject: DITA 1.3 spec process moving forward

Robert and I want to clarify the DITA 1.3 spec process that we will use over the next (less than) three months:
  1. The spec editors (Kris and Robert) will continue to engage in conference calls and unanimously decide on the best resolution of comments. (This is time consuming; we are at over 40 hours of conference call time.) We will continue to send e-mail to the TC for those comments that we cannot resolve. Such comments fall in the following categories:
    • Wide disagreement between TC members participating in the review
    • Requests for changes that exceed the bounds of what the TC agreed to in the DITA 1.3 proposals
    • Requests for changes in language that we do not think there is TC consensus for
    • Requests for any new normative rules (SHOULD or MUST), even when we expect TC consensus
  2. We will conduct scheduled reviews of specific topic clusters that have been significantly reworked, including the following:
    1. Direct (URI-based) addressing
    2. Linking
    3. Key-based addressing
    4. Conref
    5. Conditional processing
    6. Branch filtering
    7. DITA terminology
  3. We ask that people DO NOT provide comments on reworked topics until the scheduled review (though we may explicitly request individual feedback for some topics). Doing so wastes time for both sides, as many topics are checked in before planned revisions are complete. With the exception of the "Key-based addressing" topic cluster, most of these areas render to 5-7 PDF pages.
  4. We have a small group of interested parties (Kris, Robert, Chris, Eliot, and Jarno Elovirta) who are working to come to the best decision regarding the content in the "Key-based processing" section. As always, we'll strive for consensus, but will go with majority vote, if necessary

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

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