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Derek Read

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Current plans suggest we should have something by summertime.

DITA 1.2 Authoring
DITA 1.2 will be included out of the box (with support for older versions likely to be included but not turned on by default).

We are currently providing, to anyone that requests it, a copy of a “[url=http://forums.xmetal.com/index.php/topic,747]DITA 1.2 Configuration Kit[/url]” that adds support for authoring to DITA 1.2 to installations of XMetaL Author Enterprise 6.0. The 7.0 release will build further functionality on top of that by adding first class support (ie: specific UI functionality to aid in editing) for much of the important new features of DITA 1.2. With the “DITA 1.2 Configuration Kit” any elements new to DITA 1.2 must be marked up by adding elements and attributes “manually” using the Element List and Attribute Inspector, so we're at par with other XML editors at the moment (we don't make it harder or easier to author than they do). However, making this new DITA 1.2 stuff “easy” to work with is one of the main goals for the new DITA functionality that we're working on.

Other Cool Stuff
Quite a few other significant improvements are being made to the product, most of which will not be specific to DITA but will also be useful for authoring to any DTD or Schema (of particular interest to partners, but also clients that have their own custom schemas, special customizations, etc). As usual, bug fixes for many client-identified issues will be included as well. I hate to be secretive about this stuff, but we have some competitors that seem to be “getting inspiration” from some of our implementations. If you would like to contact us via XMetaL Support or through our Sales team we might be able to tell you more.

64-bit Windows 7
We currently only officially support 32-bit versions of Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7). Our 7.0 release should support 64-bit Windows 7 though, so if you have plans to move to 64-bit machines then that might be a major compelling factor for you. Installing and running the product on 64-bit Windows 7 installations is not really an issue at the present time — provided you install the product using Windows 7 “[url=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx]XP Mode[/url]”. This is an added bit of overhead that we would like to eliminate for our clients however, so we are testing and adjusting the software to install and run properly without it.