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Subject: [chairs] draft of template for OASIS specs

(TC Chairs: Please forward this message to the editor of your TC's

I am addressing this note to OASIS TC chairs and editors, as well as
some people who a few months ago expressed some interest in this topic.
This is an OPT-IN request for participation.

As the number of OASIS TCs increases it is becoming more obvious that we
need standards for the documents that our TCs produce. Having and using
templates for our specs will go a long way towards producing more
consistent results and improving the quality of the work that OASIS TCs

Norm Walsh and Eve Maler of Sun have, over the past few months, put
together some draft templates for TCs to try out and comment on. These
are based on DocBook, and have been successfully used by a couple of TCs
that Norm is editor for. The templates are available at

My intent is to have the TCs try out these templates and provide
comments, then have Norm and Eve make fixes to complete the templates. I
will be recommending to the OASIS Board that the TC Process require use
of a standard template for all OASIS specifications; once the templates
are complete they would be considered the official template that will be
required for use by TCs.

I have set up a mail list for the purpose of discussing these templates.
Please go to http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl to subscribe to the
spectools list, or send a message to
spectools-request@lists.oasis-open.org with "subscribe" as the body of
the message. Please use this list to send your comments or carry on
discussions about the templates.

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

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