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Subject: [chairs] Unique OASIS document identifiers

Hello folks,

Karl Best has suggested that I use this list to open up a quick 
discussion on ways that all the OASIS TCs can get some consistency out 
of the ways they identify their specs.

There is a set of OASIS specification template instructions here, which 
Norm Walsh and I put together a little while ago:


We were guessing a little bit on some of the guidelines therein, and 
we're also not sure who exactly is following them.  Though it would be 
great to get input on that document as a whole, the matter of most 
importance right now is the piece of metadata called the "document 
identifier".  It is discussed in this section:


A scheme is proposed for assigning document identifiers (which are 
intended to be used as the root of a filename, with the extension 
reflecting the format used in the file).  The SAML TC and the UBL Naming 
and Design Rules subcommittee have been trying to apply this scheme as 
best they can, but experience has shown that it needs some tweaking. 
I'm hoping you all can help in this endeavor.

I'd like to propose the following scheme instead, and suggest that we 
conduct an email discussion on this topic until December 2.  At that 
time, I'll summarize and try to propose a revision of the specification 
template instructions.


			*		*		*

- For contributions and proposals that are outputs of one or
   more individuals/organizations but are not an output of the
   TC in question:



     Is typically the last name of the main individual making
     the proposal.

     Is some descriptive text, possibly with embedded hyphens,
     that identifies the proposal.

     Is a monotonically increasing number starting from 00
     representing the revision of the document.

- For outputs of a TC:



     wp=white paper
     wd=working draft (may not have reached consensus, is in progress)
     cs=committee spec (has had 2/3 positive vote)
     This list is not closed, but new type keywords should be added
     only advisedly, and hopefully only after consultation with the
     chairs list.

     Is some canonical shorthand for the TC name, or possibly one
     of its subcommittees (though this may make the name too long).

- For OASIS Standards:



     Is a representation of the version of the Standard, however the
     TC wants to reflect that.


   Is the second revision of the UBL TC's Code List white paper.

   Is the first revision of the Security Services TC's core
   specification in Committee Specificiation form.

   Is the SAML V1.0 core specification in OASIS Standard form.
   (I've added "saml" to the description because "sstc" doesn't
   mean much to some people).

   Is the seventeenth revision of Smith's proposal for DocBook

Eve Maler                                        +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems                            cell +1 781 354 9441
Web Technologies and Standards               eve.maler @ sun.com

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