Nothing To Say?
Since the first of the year I've been very busy with client work, most of it DITA-related (creating sophisticated specializations, doing data analysis of documents that don't have an obvious mapping to DITA, etc.). Very interesting stuff--I've learned a lot about DITA and the Open Toolkit and XSD schemas but nothing that translates directly into pithy blog posts (although I do plan to write a tutorial on creating DITA specializations, which turns out to be remarkably easy once you get the pattern down).
In the meantime, I haven't really been doing much with any interesting technology nor have I seen much interesting coming down the pike (although Mike Kay's recent posting about assertions in XML Schema is pretty interesting--that could be very powerful if the Working Group can get it right). [And let me say that all the WS-* and identity standards stuff just bores me so totally to tears that I can't stand it--I'm sure it's important stuff but I just don't see how at the end of the day it's really going to matter much to our day to day and if it does I'm certainly not going to be anything other than a naive user of it....]
So I thought I should post something just to remind people that I'm still out here.
Some of the topics that are on my list to talk about, but that will require a good bit of time to discuss clearly and cogently, include:
- Why Norm just doesn't get what's wrong with DocBook and right with DITA, namely specialization
- So much more the DITA Open Toolkit could do with relationship tables
- Using DITA maps to model time-specific versions and similar configurations
- Reforming DITA's linking semantics and addressing infrastructure (a road map for DITA 2.0)
So here's hoping I have a little more time to write about these things in the future...
Labels: dita docbook specialization