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Subject: Lightweight DITA spec: development strategy


I would like to tee up a discussion about Lightweight DITA spec development for Tuesday's DITA TC meeting.

Adobe gave a demo of their Lightweight DITA support to a small group last Tuesday. What they showed was very encouraging ... support for XDITA authoring in the current release of Adobe FrameMaker, HDITA (LwDITA expressed in HTML5) in RoboHelp, and Lightweight DITA support in Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe's enterprise web CMS. Adobe is also deploying an internal workflow based on MDITA for customer-facing content. They used the Lightweight DITA Committee Note as the basis for their implementations.

Carlos and I have asked Kris to open a dialog about tactics for fast-tracking the Lightweight DITA specification. We have increasing vendor support and adopter momentum, and fear that publishing a Lightweight DITA spec in 2020 or 2021 would risk irrelevance.

Of course, Lightweight DITA must be compatible with DITA, and the DITA 2.0 specification is clearly on a different timetable. We trust this can be acknowledged and accommodated, without delaying the Lightweight DITA specification while DITA 2.0 spec development progresses.

Carlos, Michael, and I (LwDITA spec editors) look forward to this discussion.


Alan Houser
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
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