60-day Public Review for #DITA V1.3 COS01 - ends November 15th
Members of the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC  have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot  to advance Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.
Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
03 September 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.
13 Statements of Use were received from Comtech Services, Inc., Contrext LLC, DITA For Small Teams GitHub Organization, DITA Open Toolkit, DITA Strategies, Inc., Eberlein Consulting LLC, IXIASOFT, JustSystems Canada, Inc., Kaplan Professional Education, PTC, Syncro Soft SRL, Titania Software, and Virginia Tech. .
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 60-day public review starts 17 September 2015 at 00:00 UTC and ends 15 November 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.
The prose specification document and related files are available here:
- Part 0: Overview
- Part 1: Base Edition
- Part 2: Technical Content Edition
- Part 3: All-Inclusive Edition
Distribution ZIP file
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 OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) TC
 Special Majority Ballot:
 Statements of Use:
1. Comtech Services, Inc.:
2. Contrext LLC:
3. DITA For Small Teams GitHub Organization:
4. DITA Open Toolkit:
5. DITA Strategies, Inc.:
6. Eberlein Consulting LLC:
8. JustSystems Canada, Inc.:
9. Kaplan Professional Education:
11. Syncro Soft SRL:
12. Titania Software:
13. Virginia Tech:
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