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29 March 2004 — A group of proposers, which includes Arbortext, have developed a proposal to form a Technical Committee to support DITA as an OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) standard. The Technical Committee is now in its official format phase.

If you wish to join the Technical Committee, you must do so before the date of the first meeting, May 4th.

A copy of the the official announcement from OASIS is below (original email announcement):

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Paul Grosso, Arbortext; Indi Liepa, Nokia; Eliot Kimber, Innodata-ISOGEN; Don Day, Michael Priestley, and Dave Schell, IBM; and France Baril, JoAnn Hackos, Debbie Aleyne Lapeyre, and Paul Antonov, Individual members.


The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to this message. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised); such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.


As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a member of the TC at the first meeting are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the TC. For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS collaborative tools, go to the TC's public web page at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita and click on the button for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above.


OASIS members may also join the TC after the first meeting. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.


Non-OASIS members may read the TC's mail list archive, view the TC's web page, and send comments to the TC using a web form available on the TC's web page; click the "Send A Comment" button. The archives of the TC's mail list and public comments are visible at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/


Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover Pages under "Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA)" at http://xml.coverpages.org/dita.html


—Karl Best



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