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Derek Read

Reply to: Specilized DTD

Provided you followed the instructions in the documentation, support for DITA specialization should just work for all elements with one exception (just brought to light by you here). Specializing the CALS table model (the DITA table model that uses the element names table, tgroup, colspec, thead, tbody, row, entry) will allow your documents to still be fully editable, it is just that the built-in table editing support to “graphically” display and “graphically” edit this type of table will not function. Presumably this is your issue.

If you have specialized the CALS table model you will need to live without CALS table editing support (there is no “fix” or workaround I can think of). The alternative is to avoid specializing this type of table.

This limitation is not documented because nobody anticipated a client might wish to do this.

I'm not sure what would cause your issue with images. Please submit your specialized DTD to XMetaL Support so they can have a look at it to see if there is something obvious that can be corrected, either with the DTD or the customization files XMetaL Author Enterprise generates when you choose Tools > Select Specialized DITA DTD.