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Subject: Re: [dita] DITA 2.0: suggest removing @xtrf, @xtrc

I agree with Robert and Chris: remove them.



Eliot Kimber, Owner
Contrext, LLC

From: dita <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Chris Nitchie <chris.nitchie@oberontech.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 1:25 PM
To: Robert Anderson <robander@us.ibm.com>, dita <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: Re: [dita] DITA 2.0: suggest removing @xtrf, @xtrc

I agree. Unlike copy-to, I have used these in my implementations, both for debugging and for traceability from output HTML elements to source XML elements. But they’re not to be used by authors, and so probably shouldn’t be there (but as Robert says, they can still be added by processors for whatever purposes).




From: <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Robert D Anderson <robander@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM
To: DITA TC <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: [dita] 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
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