Friday, February 2, 2007

Go to DITA West, Young Man

My colleague, Scott Hudson and I are presenting a paper at the DITA 2007 West Conference in San Jose, February 5-7. I am very excited about this.

The thesis of the paper focuses on proposing a DocStandards Interoperability Framework to enable various document markup languages like (but not limited to) DocBook, DITA, and ODF to share and leverage content by using an interchange format that each standard can write to and read from.

There are several advantages to this approach:
  • It doesn't impede future development for any standard, since the interchange is a "neutral" format. This means that new versions of a document markup standard can leverage content from earlier versions
  • Since it is neutral, it can potentially be used by virtually any document markup standard

This work stems from Scott's and my involvement in the DocStandards Interoperability List, an OASIS forum. We're hoping to spark interest in the XML community to push this along and create a new OASIS Technical Committee for DocStandards Interoperability.

We're still in the process of editing the whitepaper, which will be posted on Flatirons Solutions' website in the near future.

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