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

On 05/19/2004 12:36 PM, Karl F. Best wrote:
> Chairs:
> 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 
> this.
> 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.

No one from Sun would be able to use this, as you know. Apart from that,
I would say that no matter what individual companies' policies are
regarding their employees' approved desktops, OASIS cannot develop to one
particular solution. Whatever solution OASIS comes up with MUST work on
all platforms. In view of this, I would say that the answers to your
two questions above are irrelevant.

> thanks for your input.
> -Karl
> =================================================================
> 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

Eduardo Gutentag               |         e-mail: eduardo.gutentag@Sun.COM
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