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Subject: DITA Specification Submitted for OASIS Standard

The OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC has submitted the following specifications, which are approved Committee
Drafts, to be considered collectively as an OASIS Standard:

DITA Architectural Specification
DITA Language Specification
DITA Schemas

The TC's submission is attached below.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, the specification has already gone through a 30 day public review period: 
OASIS members now have until the 15th of April to familiarize themselves with the submission below. OASIS members should give their
input on this question to the voting representative of their organization.

By the 16th of the month we will send out a Call For Vote to the voting representatives of the OASIS member organizations, who will
have until the end of the month to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Draft should be approved as an OASIS Standard.

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Drafts as OASIS Standards is found at

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:

Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090


The OASIS DITA Technical Committee is pleased to provide the following documentation with its submission of the Committee Draft of
the DITA 1.0 Specification for Member Approval as an OASIS Standard.

1.  A formal specification that is a valid member of its type, together with appropriate documentation for the specification, both
of which must be written using approved OASIS templates

    The DITA 1.0 DTD and Schema files are provided in zipped directories
    that reflect hierarchical naming considerations that are unique to the
    DITA design, within the OASIS naming convention guidelines.

    A consolidated zip file with all specifications, DTDs, and Schemas is
    publicly available from:

      - http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/12091/cd2.zip

2.  A clear English-language summary of the specification:

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) specification defines both a) a set of document types for authoring and organizing
topic-oriented information; and b) a set of mechanisms for combining and extending document types using a process called

The specification consists of:
  * The DTDs and schemas that define DITA markup for the base DITA
    document types, as well as catalog files
  * The language reference that provides explanations for each element in
    the base DITA document types
  * This document, which comes in three parts:
      - an introduction, which provides background concepts and an
        overview of the architecture
      - the DITA markup specification, which provides an overview of
        DITA's base document types
      - the DITA specialization specification, which provides details
        of the mechanisms DITA provides for defining and extending DITA
        document types.

3.  A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing

    The work of the OASIS DocBook TC is related in the documentation realm
    to DITA, however the goals and design of DITA provide different
    capabilities for potentially wider user communities.  To our knowledge,
    this specification has no relationship to any other work of other OASIS
    TCs or other standards developing organizations.

4.  Certification by at least three OASIS member organizations that they are successfully using the specification consistently with

(a) Arbortext using DITA 1.0 specification:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00085.html

(b) BMC attestation of use of DITA V1.0:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00088.html

(c) IBM attestation of use of DITA V1.0:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00096.html

(d) [Nokia] DITA attestation:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00101.html

(e) Innodata-Isogen DITA attestation:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00102.html

5.  An account of each of the comments/issues raised during the public review period, along with its resolution:

    Available from
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200504/msg00000.html

6.  An account of and results of the voting to approve the approve the specification as a Committee Draft:

(a)  Vote to affirm approval of the current specification set as a committee draft:
      - 20 Yes, 0 No, 6 Abstain (Out of 26). Two-thirds vote (18) required
  for passage.

(b)  Vote to submit current specification set to OASIS for standardization.
      - 20 Yes, 0 No, 6 Abstain (Out of 26). Simple majority required for passage.

7.  An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same
specification, together with the originating TC's response to each comment;

        This specification has not previously been submitted to OASIS for standardization.

8.  A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the originating TC;

      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita-comment/

9.  A statement from the chair of the TC certifying that all members of the TC have been provided with a copy of the OASIS IPR

    Notice published to the list on March 15, 2005:
      - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dita/200503/msg00082.html

10. Optionally, a pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or more TC members who did not vote in favor of approving the
Committee Draft, or certification by the chair that no minority reports exist.

    No such report exists.

Don Day <dond@us.ibm.com>
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect

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