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Subject: DITA 2.0: suggest removing @xtrf, @xtrc

For DITA 2.0, I'd like to suggest removing @xtrf and @xtrc, also known as the "debug attribute group":

Sort of like with last week's discussion of copy-to, these attributes were really defined based on a specific processing model (the step-by-step toolkit style processing), with the idea that debug information can be carried through that sort of process while keeping the DITA itself valid according to the original schema.

I don't think that's appropriate for the core DITA specification itself. Applications like DITA-OT can continue to operate in exactly that way, using those exact attributes, without the two of them being part of the specification. I think that would be true of any attribute defined as "intended to store xxxx during intermediate processing", although I'm not aware of any others defined in that way.


Robert D. Anderson
DITA-OT lead and Co-editor DITA 1.3 specification,
Digital Services Group

E-mail: robander@us.ibm.com
Digital Services Group
11501 BURNET RD,, TX, 78758-3400, AUSTIN, USA

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