Basic DITA question

Subject: Basic DITA question
From: jopakent -at- comcast -dot- net
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:55:44 +0000

downloaded and installed the DITA Toolkit and I?m trying to work through the exercises in the book ?Introduction to DITA: A user Guide to the Darwin Information and Typing Architecture.? (J Linton & K Bruski, 2006 ) I?m running into a conceptual difficulty.

Lesson one has me creating a concept topic. I am a little puzzled by how the validation process reads this header. That is, how does the following line get resolved:


What does "-//OASIS//DTD DITA CONCEPT//EN" mean?

I installed the DITA Toolkit last August (thanks again to Kylene Bruski), but there is no OASIS directory on my computer. I searched for dtds on my machine and found a bunch in directories located under C:\Ditaot and C:\ditaot_new.

I think my question boils down to ?where? (or maybe ?what?) //OASIS// is. Is this a ?place? that exists out on the internet somewhere and my browser will just find it when my machine tries to validate a document that uses this header? Or, is it that I need to rename the Ditaot directory to OASIS so that my machine will be able to find what it needs so that it can validate documents that use this header?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

J. Paul Kent

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J. Paul Kent

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