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Subject: DITA v1.1 Submitted for OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Technical Committee has submitted the following specification,
which is an approved Committee Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

DITA 1.1
- Overview
- Language Specification
- Architectural Specification
- DTDs
- Schemas

The text of the TC submission is appended.

You now have until 15 July to familiarize yourself with the submission and provide input to your organization's voting

On 16 July, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting Representatives of OASIS member organizations. They will have
until the last day of July, inclusive, to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved
as an OASIS Standard or not.

Members who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee Specification has already completed the
necessary 60-day public review period as noted in the submission below.

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

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

Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly appreciated.


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

The OASIS DITA Technical Committee hereby submits the DITA
1.1 Committee Specification for consideration as an OASIS Standard.

(a) Links to the approved Committee Specification in the TC's document repository, and any appropriate supplemental
documentation for the specification:

Overview doc:

Architectural specification:

Language specification:

(b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee Specification:

Overview doc:

Architectural specification:

Language specification:



(c) Certification by the TC that all schema and XML instances included in the specification, whether by inclusion or
reference, including fragments of such, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid:

The TC hereby certifies that all schema and XML instances are valid.

(d) 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 specialization.

The DITA 1.1 specification is designed to be backwards-compatible with 1.0-conforming applications. The following major
changes to the architecture provide added functionality for 1.1:

* A <bookmap> specialization for encoding book-specific information in a DITA map
* A <glossentry> specialization for glossary entries
* Indexing specializations for see, see-also, page ranges, and sort order
* Improvements to graphic scaling capability
* Improved short description flexibility through a new <abstract> element
* Specialization support for new global attributes, such as conditional processing attributes
* Support for integration of existing content structures through the <foreign> element
* Support for new kinds of information and structures through the <data> and <unknown> elements
* Formalization of conditional processing profiles

(e) A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards
developing organizations;

The work of the OASIS DocBook TC and the OASIS Open Document Format TC are 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

(f) The Statements of Use presented above:

The following statements of use have been provided to date by OASIS organization members:


JustSystems (XMetaL):

Flatirons Solutions:


Comtech Services, Inc.:

(g) The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s):
Beginning 5 March 2007, ending 4 May 2007

A pointer to the announcement of the public review(s):

and a pointer to an account of each of the comments/issues raised during the public review period(s), along with its

(h) An account of and results of the voting to approve the specification as a Committee Specification, including the
date of the ballot and a pointer to the ballot:

Request for CS approval ballot (9 May 2007):

Announcement (24 May 2007):

OASIS notification of approval:

(i) 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;

None on record.

(j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the originating TC:

(k) A pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or more Members who did not vote in favor of approving the
Committee Specification, which report may include statements regarding why the member voted against the specification or
that the member believes that Substantive Changes were made which have not gone through public review; or certification
by the Chair that no minority reports exist.

None on record. 

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