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As for the document/URL thing - not once have I had a non-committee person, which is all I am really concerned about since all the TC members know how to open zip files that contain doc structures, go through Kavi to access old revisions, etc., sent me or the general comment list an email stating they could not access what they need. And at the end of the day, that is really what it is about - not personal preference. Are members and non-members able to get what they need, even if it is in a ZIP file...

Last comment...track attendance page. I have no problems there either. I simply open the Find dialog in my browser and as people sign on as their name, type a few letters, find it, check it, and ask for the next one. Takes less than 1 minute for my 10 - 15 people that attend each week. Could it be better? I guess, but 2 minutes will never kill me.

Sorry if I am going against the grain, but I am just not having the mammoth issues the rest of you seem to be having. I would rather see all this energy (and the team at OASIS) focused on evangelizing and promoting our work, rather than volleying the finer points of process. Of course, if you have the spare time then by all means go for it.


----- Original Message -----
From: William Z Pope <zpope@pobox.com>
Date: Friday, January 9, 2004 6:07 pm
Subject: RE: [chairs] your input on OASIS functionality enhancements

> +1 to Norm's comments.
> Whatever the goals were for using Kavi I think the website provides
> less now than before the changeover.  I admit that I avoided the
> changeover longer than was wise delaying feedback and making the
> transition more painful than other wise.
> =bill
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Norman Walsh [ndw@nwalsh.com]
> > Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 2:44 PM
> > To: karl.best@oasis-open.org
> > Cc: Chairs OASIS; jamie.clark@oasis-open.org; jeff.lomas@oasis-
> open.org> Subject: Re: [chairs] your input on OASIS functionality 
> enhancements>
> >
> > / "Karl F. Best" <karl.best@oasis-open.org> was heard to say:
> > | Last spring we rolled out the new collaborative tools from Kavi,
> > | including membership roster management, balloting, email lists,
> > | document repository, action items, etc.
> >
> > I remain utterly unimpressed. I will not go so far as to say 
> that I
> > think the new system is an unmitigated disaster, but it is, 
> IMHO, just
> > barely usable.
> >
> > The system is awkward, the website is cumbersome, and I think it has
> > made the OASIS site less useful not only to TC members but also 
> to the
> > general public.
> >
> >  * There are parts chairs can't edit
> >  * The list of documents presented to the public is still a flat
> >    list lacking the hierarchy created by the chair or secretary
> >  * There's no provision for navigation within the pages of the
> >    of a single TC.
> >
> > As I have said before, the most significant bug is that it is
> > impossible to publish documents with predictable URIs. I 
> consider the
> > site unusable for publishing important documents until this bug is
> > fixed. (It works fine for meeting minutes and other things, but I
> > cannot reliably publish specifications, schemas, or other documents
> > that have internal URI references.)
> >
> > For example, I just published a working draft of the XML Catalogs
> > specification for the Entity Resolution TC. The HTML version of that
> > specification includes URIs for the original XML sources and a PDF
> > version of the document.
> >
> > While I can upload all three documents,I cannot make the links work
> > because I cannot predict what the URI for the XML or PDF 
> versions will
> > be when I am generating the HTML.
> >
> > And while we're talking about URIs, the URIs that Kavi creates 
> really> suck:
> >
> >
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/4952/wd-entity-
> xml-catalog
> s-1.0_2e.html
> Granted, URIs are technically opaque, but that URI doesn't even give
> me a hint about what committee created it.
> I'd happily go back to the days when I could have published:
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/entity/specs/wd-entity-xml-
> catalogs-1.0
> _2e.html
> Nevermind functionality *enhancements*, the system still has an
> absolutely critical flaws.
>                                        Be seeing you,
>                                          norm
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