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Subject: Re: [dita] Lightweight DITA spec: development strategy

'm happy to discuss fast-tracking the LwDITA spec; I've been trying to do so since 2016 or earlier, beginning with insisting that the subcommittee issue the committee note.

Two things:

  1. It would be helpful for the TC to see the current state of the LwDITA spec. We understand that it is a draft document. I can create a PDF from the content in the LwDITA repo, if needed.

  2. The LwDITA spec editors need to understand the reality of the spec approval timeline. The LwDITA spec needs to be approved by the TC and then sent through the OASIS process. After TC approval, there is a minimum of six months for the OASIS process, assuming NO need to modify the spec draft in any way. See https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/download.php/50807/Planning-DITA-1.3.pdf for more information.

Please look at the PDF referenced above in order to understand the OASIS processes and the time frame that they impose.


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
+1 919 622-1501; kriseberlein (skype)

On 2/3/2019 8:52 PM, Alan Houser wrote:

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.


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