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The 2006 Year in Review for DITA

by Don Day, Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect

The OASIS DITA standard:
The current standard is at DITA 1.0.  During 2006, committee work was focused on developing the proposed DITA 1.1 features (see "Roadmap for DITA development" at Just last month, the committee released a Public Review draft for DITA 1.1, which is expected to be approved later this year.

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Tutorial: Specializing DITA Conditional Attributes

by W. Eliot Kimber

A new feature in DITA 1.1 is the ability to specialize from the base= and props= attributes. For conditional processing, this lets you add your own attributes rather than using otherprops=, which can be clearer to authors and implementors. Note that at the time of writing the DITA Open Toolkit does not implement support for specializations of props=, but it should be added soon.

Read more® Opens Second Data Center in Dallas to Accommodate Growing Customer Demand

March 14, 2007 – Bedford, NH –® ( today announced the addition of a second data center in Dallas to accommodate the growing number of DocZone customers located in North America. This data center is already operational and in use by several clients, including Agfa Healthcare and Dominion. also has a data center located in Amsterdam for European customers.

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DITA Version 1.1 Specification Released for Public Review

Members of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee have published a Version 1.1 Committee Draft specification for public review. The public review period ends 4 May 2007. The DITA Version 1.1 release consists of an architectural specification, a language specification, a set of DTDs, and an equivalent set of Schemas. All interested parties are invited to participate in this review.

See the OASIS announcement.

Read more® Selected for List of “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” by KMWorld Magazine

February 22, 2007 – Bedford, NH –® ( today announced that KMWorld Magazine, a leading publisher for the e-content industry, has recognized them as one of the “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2007.

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