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Subject: Re: [dita] Revised element reference topics -- Please take a look

Thanks, Kris.


I would like to keep the Inheritance section that is in the current reference topics. It is very helpful for implementers and those creating specializations.


Perhaps we could use the following structure:

1.       Title

2.       Short description (uses natural language)

3.       Usage information

4.       Formatting expectations

5.       Processing expectations

6.       Specialization information

    1. Domain
    2. Inheritance

7.       Attributes

8.       Example


Another option is to move the Specialization information (Inheritance) section to the content model appendix. I'm not sure how easy this would be to maintain or generate?


Also, for authors, I think it is still important to know what child elements a particular element can contain, and where the element is allowed (parents). The current method points to the content model appendix. I assume this will also remain?


One other comment: in the Index, there are several entries that are likely to span many pages and be quite repetitive with other entries. I'd recommend against using the following index entries:

·         elements

o    body

·         formatting expectations

·         processing expectations


Thanks and best regards,




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From: <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Kristen James Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com>
Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:56 AM
To: DITA TC <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: [dita] Revised element reference topics -- Please take a look


If you were at the TC meeting on 18 July, you heard Robert report about the items regarding the DITA 2.0 spec that a small group discussed and the recommendations that they came up with.

I attach a PDF that includes some element reference topics that have been reworked to match the new format, which includes the following sections:

  1. Title

2.      Short description (uses natural language)

3.      Usage information

4.      Formatting expectations

5.      Processing expectations

6.      Attributes

7.      Example

Do note that these rejigged topics do not necessarily contain appropriate content for DITA 2.0, but that existing content has been moved into the relevant section, for example, "Formatting expectations". We all thought that moving content into the relevant sections would make it much easier to see what content is appropriate, what is unneeded, and where we have content that should be augmented.

The attribute sections are untouched. Normative statements have been reworked so that they are complete content that could be reused in another document or appendix.


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

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