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Subject: RE: OASIS TC specs style guide?

I personally dislike re-inventing the wheel, so I would vote for the styles
used by IETF or W3C, with tweaks where necessary.

As to the text format, I think using just about anything other than MS Word
will slow the processs a little. I would actually find a document conversion
service from OASIS even more useful than website maintenance, e.g. MS Word
-> Adobe Acrobat, MS Word -> DocBook. What would be really cool would be a
WEBDAV enabled server with a conversion filter, i.e. I post in MS Word and
it shows up in Acrobat ... I know, I know ... resources, resources, but it
can't hurt to ask!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karl F. Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
> Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 8:27 AM
> To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
> Cc: eve.maler@east.sun.com
> Subject: OASIS TC specs style guide?
> Chairs:
> As you're probably aware, I'm writing a non-normative 
> Guidelines document to
> give advice and interpretation on the OASIS TC Process and 
> the operation of
> OASIS TCs. (I've sent draft copies out to most of you at some 
> point in time,
> and will send out further copies as I'm able to make major 
> improvements.)
> I'm starting to think about what the Guidelines should say regarding
> stylesheets for spec writing. OASIS has no official policy 
> regarding the
> format used for writing TC specs, and I'm not sure that we're 
> ready to set
> official policy on this any time in the near future, but I'd 
> like to be able
> to include some recommendations. (Based on TCs' experience with any
> suggested formats perhaps we could set policy some time in 
> the future.)
> I would like to get your suggestions for various formats, 
> stylesheets, etc.
> that would be good recommendations for TCs writing 
> specifications. Are there
> good templates available from other standards organizations? 
> Or how about
> simply guidelines without templates? I suppose that it's 
> easiest for TCs to
> use MSWord, but what about writing in XML using OASIS' own DocBook?
> Please send your suggestions that I can include in the 
> Guidelines. To go a
> step further, I wouldn't mind seeing a discussion on this 
> list that may lead
> to some sort of consensus about which is best to use.
> (p.s. I'll probably bring up other issues for your input on 
> topics for the
> Guidelines, but I want to respect your time so won't send you 
> everything at
> once :-)
> </karl>
> =================================================================
> Karl F. Best
> OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
> 978.667.5115 x206
> karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

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