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Subject: Re: [chairs] need your comments on DocMgmt system requirements

I think that leaving the choice up to the TC is not a bad thing to do. 
There's pros and cons for the various options: MSWord has some compare 
and change bar functionality that is useful, and it sounds like using a 
text-based format would allow various CVS functionality such as change 
control to be used. And given that OASIS is an open standards 
organization we really should be promoting the use of open standards in 
our document formats.

Our current policy has been to provide templates in the various formats 
that will produce similar-looking documents. Maybe that's not a bad 
thing to continue doing. We should allow the TC to choose based on what 
works best for them, but encourage the use of open standards. (Just my 
personal opinion -- I don't set the policies.)


Luc Clément wrote:
> I ask that before we go too far down the path of selecting XML that we
> identify (reasonably priced) editors/conversion utilities that can handle
> large documents. The UDDI spec for example is 411 pages long (123K words /
> 901K characters including white spaces); it's been a challenge to use HTML
> editors and thus one of the reasons for sticking to MSWord for document
> editing and use of its native (though somewhat unsatisfactory) HTML
> conversion capability -- aside from the obvious need to have a means of
> supporting the TC's document revision needs. 
> I believe that we should not consider selecting a document format (other
> than HTML and/or PDF for which there is ample support) until we've
> identified our list of requirements (e.g. large document and revision
> support) and evaluated tooling (editors and/or conversion utils) to support
> these. 
> I'd certainly like the opportunity to try out recommended XML editors/utils
> before we convince ourselves of using or mandating XML for OASIS specs. 
> Luc
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Drummond Reed [mailto:drummond.reed@cordance.net] 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 16:17
> To: 'Rex Brooks'; karl.best@oasis-open.org; 'Chairs OASIS'
> Cc: 'lomas >> Jeff Lomas'
> Subject: RE: [chairs] need your comments on DocMgmt system requirements
> +1. I think it's a foregone conclusion there's no way to get consensus
> across all OASIS users on an editor. But if there were an open-standard
> interface/XML interchange format, and a reasonable variety of editors that
> did (or could be made to) support it, that should work.
> After all, this is an e-business collaboration standard we're discussing
> here ;-)
> =Drummond
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 4:48 PM
> To: karl.best@oasis-open.org; Chairs OASIS
> Cc: lomas >> Jeff Lomas
> Subject: Re: [chairs] need your comments on DocMgmt system requirements
> I would go for xml, if we can have a toolset that can do a roundtrip with
> Word.
> Ciao,
> Rex
> At 5:51 PM -0500 2/18/04, Karl F. Best wrote:
>>Excellent comments, everyone. Keep 'em coming.
>>I see a consensus that we want a sandbox as a phase prior to checkin 
>>and version control, and a suggestion to use wiki for the sandbox.
>>We will need to have access control too, to restrict this to the TC 
>>I see a lot of pros-n-cons for using MSWord together with CVS in the 
>>second phase, especially as it relates to change control. We're not 
>>committed to CVS yet; that's just a popular suggestion. How would you 
>>feel about a requirement to do all of your documents in HTML or XML? 
>>i.e. no proprietary or binary formats. (Now there's a big can of worms 
>>to open :-) I'm not making any threats; just wondering if that might be 
>>a good way to go. Perhaps this would require OASIS providing tools for 
>>the TCs to use; we'd have to ask some vendors for contributions.
>>If we did use some text-based format (as above), would CVS provide us 
>>with change logs?
> --
> Rex Brooks
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