@domains to allow automatic DTD assembly via "registry in the
This idea actually predates DITA 1.0.
Even before DITA 1.0 was approved, there was a hope that common
@domains tokens would be registered, likely at OASIS:
- An organization would come up with a useful specialization.
- They would share it, and "register" the token like some form of Public ID
- Tools would be developed that would automatically integrate chosen domains from the registry, or automatically create new document types with known modules
All just a simple matter of programming, right?
This idea was discussed before DITA was donated to OASIS. The first reference I found in the OASIS email archives is from 5 April 2005, a couple of months before DITA 1.0 became a standard. It was officially proposed as part of DITA 1.1 on 18 October 2005. And then … nothing.
11+ years on, there is no registry. We haven't agreed on a place to share non-OASIS domains, much
less register them in a way that is useful. This should no longer be an argument for using