DITA 1.2 Specification Ratified

In an announcement that could easily be missed in all of the hubbub of the impending holiday season, I just saw the announcement made yesterday that the DITA 1.2 specification has officially been ratified.

The press release is rambling (with “a status that signifies the highest level of ratification” mentioned twice in the same paragraph) and short on detail, but what is interesting is the implied level of vendor support for the new specification from at least one major tool supplier.

Here I am thinking of the mention at the bottom of the press release from SDL, whose reps always seem to be present at the various conferences and SDIG presentations, and judging from the quote certainly seem to be on top of the new specification. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have already have tool support for the new spec (hmm, according to this press release from September, they do).

Am not trying to make this a promo blurb for SDL, so I think it is safe to say that other tool vendors will be providing support soon for the new DITA 1.2 specification, especially now that it is official. Still, it is nice to see when tool vendors are active in publicizing their support for the new DITA specification.


"DITAWriter" is Keith Schengili-Roberts. I work for IXIASOFT as a DITA Specialist/Information Architect. And I like to write about DITA and the technical writing community. To get ahold of me you can email me at: keith@ditawriter.com.

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