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Subject: DITA V1.3 released for 30 day Public Review - ends August 7th

OASIS members and other interested parties, 

The OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC [1] members have recently approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted it for 30-day public review:

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
30 June 2015 


The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) 1.3 specification defines both a) a set of document types for authoring and organizing topic-oriented information; and b) a set of mechanisms for combining, extending, and constraining document types. 

This release of DITA comes in three parts called Editions, optimized for different audiences: 

- The Base Edition is designed for application developers and users who need only the most fundamental pieces of the DITA framework.

- The Technical Content Edition includes specializations usually used by technical communicators. 

- The All Inclusive Edition is the largest edition. It is designed for implementers who want all OASIS-approved specializations, as well as users who develop learning and training materials.

TC Description: 

The purpose of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee (TC) is to define and maintain the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and to promote the use of the architecture for creating standard information types and domain-specific markup vocabularies. 

DITA is specializable, which allows for the introduction of specific semantics for specific purposes without increasing the size of other XML grammar files, and which allows the inheritance of shared design and behavior and interchangeability with unspecialized content. 

Public Review Period:

The public review starts 09 July 2015 at 00:00 UTC and ends 07 August 2015 at 23:59 UTC. 

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.


DITA Version 1.3  is a multi-part Work Product. The prose specification document and related files are available here:

- Part 0: Overview 

HTML (Authoritative):


- Part 1: Base Edition 

HTML (Authoritative):



CHM file: 

DITA source: 

- Part 2: Technical Content Edition 

HTML (Authoritative):



CHM file:

DITA source: 

- Part 3: All Inclusive Edition 

HTML (Authoritative):



CHM file:

DITA source: 

ZIP distribution file (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose document and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about the specification and the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC can be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be used by following the instructions on the TC's "Send A Comment" page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of "Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3", we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [2] applicable especially [3] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC

[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms Mode 


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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