Wow, the PDF file looks a lot better than the ones produced by the old toolkit. (There are still some problems with words that overflow columns, but those are probably insoluble.)
The lack of support for " " reveals that they still haven't fixed the bug that whitespace between a <ph> element and another element is ignored. If you remove the " " here, you get "DerbyConnection" in the output.
<ph conref="../conrefs.dita#prod/productshortname"></ph> <i>Connection</i>
Also, the attempt to force four spaces doesn't show up in the output:
the CHAR(6) value '18 ' (18 followed by four spaces)
These are the only two occurrences of " " in the Reference Manual. The Getting Started guide has 11, and Tools has 5; the other 3 books have none. Maybe we can figure out a way to define this character?
The HTML looks exactly as it does now, as far as I can tell. The TOC page fails accessibility standards (see
DERBY-5135 and sub-tasks) because the html element lacks a lang attribute; the other pages have this, though. The tables fail because of the empty summary attribute. I'm pretty sure the DITA DTD still doesn't support a summary attribute in the table source. (We had to add a template to one of the XSL stylesheets to generate one in the output.)
It would be helpful to see the output from a book with figures (the Tuning or Developer's guide) to make sure those come out all right.
So in general, they've improved the PDF output considerably, and there's not much change in the HTML.