DITA 1.2 submitted for OASIS ballot

Link to the approved committee specification

HTML: http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.html (Authoritative version)

PDF: http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.pdf

CHM: http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec-chm.zip

DITA: http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/cs01/spec/DITA1.2-spec.zip

Editable version of specification



The OASIS DITA Technical Committee certifies that all schema and XML instances included in the specification, whether by inclusion or reference, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid.

Summary of the specification

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) 1.2 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.

DITA 1.2 includes the following new features and functionality, in addition to enhancements to existing elements and architecture:

  • Keys and key references
  • Enhancements to the conref mechanism
  • Constraint modules
  • Learning and training specialization
  • New map specialization for defining controlled vocabularies and taxonomies
  • Machine industry task

Relationship of this specification to other OASIS standards

The work of the OASIS DocBook Technical Committee and the OASIS Open Document Format Technical Committee is focused on the realm of documentation. However, the goals and design of DITA provide different capabilities for potentially wider use. To our knowledge, this specification has no relationship to any other work of other OASIS technical committees or other standard-developing organizations.

Statements of use

Cisco: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00070.html

Comtech Services, Inc: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00058.html

IBM: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00060.html

JustSystems Canada, Inc: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00069.html

PTC: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00061.html

Really Strategies, Inc: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00062.html

SDL: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/dita/email/archives/201010/msg00074.html

Public review

Account of voting to approve the draft as a committee specification

During 6-13 October 2010, 100% of the voting members of the DITA TC voted to approve DITA 1.2 as a committee specification.

Here is a link to the ballot: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=1953

Earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification


Comments archive for the DITA TC


Minority reports



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