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Subject: RE: [chairs] need more input for DocMgmt system

With subversion (or, for that matter, cvs), I'd also be concerned about access to these systems through corporate firewalls which require HTTP access through proxies. While I believe subversion *should* work through an HTTP proxy, I'd be interested in knowing whether it actually *does* work through a majority of firewalls of TC members...

I'd strongly lean against requiring a client applet for access to the doc mgmt system as there are a variety of corporate policies in this world which limit client software to one degree or another. 


Chief Systems Architect
Technology Strategies and Standards
Visa International 
Phone: +1.650.432.3696   Fax: +1.650.554.6817

-----Original Message-----
From: Karl F. Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 12:37 PM
To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: Jeff Lomas
Subject: [chairs] need more input for DocMgmt system


We've gone through the scheduled alpha test of the doc mgmt system 
without much result, so anyone who is interested in taking a look at 
this please let me know.

There's a couple of specific questions that we need the answer to before 
we can proceed much further with development. Just to review, we've 
tentatively decided on Subversion (SVN) as the platform upon which we 
will build our doc mgmt system. But there's some additional 
functionality that we need to build on top. As much of this 
functionality would reside in the client, we need to decide how to build 

So... specific questions:

1. What proportion of the users of the doc mgmt system (TC members, 
editors, chairs, etc.) will be using non-Windows clients, and what kind? 
(Mac, Linux, etc.)

2. For Windows users, what proportion of users *do not* have the 
ability/permission to install a plugin client on their computers? (Some 
company IT policies don't allow this.)

Based on the answers to the above, our developing a multi-platform 
client applet may be the best solution, but this would also cost more 
resources to do. There's an existing open source plugin that we could 
start with, but it's Windows only and we don't know if everyone has the 
option of using it.

thanks for your input.

Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

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