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Saturday, November 3, 2007

DITA for Enterprise Business Documents Subcommittee Proposal Background

Members of the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC
have published a proposal for a Subcommittee focusing on 'Enterprise
Business Documents'. The proposal document presents a brief discussion
of the increasing usage of DITA for a broad range of narrative business
documents that has led to a proposal for a DITA Enterprise Business
Documents Subcommittee. It includes preliminary goals of the committee,
and a discussion of the rationale for each goal. From the accompanying
message: "In the past year, a growing number of organizations have come
to believe that DITA not only provides the best basis from which to
start addressing their requirements for structured authoring of narrative
business documents, but that characteristics of DITA simplify the usability
issues as well. The DITA standard is so compelling, that the absence of
a sub-committee focus on narrative business documents has not stopped
several organizations from embarking on the use of DITA for this purpose.
Many of us who are currently engaged in DITA-based business document
projects feel that this is an ideal time for the DITA technical committee
to support the efforts of these business users with standardized
approaches and experienced-based guidance. For your consideration at the
next open Technical Committee agenda, we propose that the Technical
Committee officially establish an Enterprise Business Document
subcommittee. Attached are the name, goals, deliverables, chair, and
initial membership for this proposed subcommittee. A background document
has been uploaded to the OASIS site and may be accessed by interested
parties." More Information

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