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Subject: RE: [chairs] What can Standards Development / TC Administration do to help?


You hit the nail on the head.  The tools that are used to create, edit and maintain the specifications are the key here.
This is where the real work of TCs takes place.

Whatever is proposed must be acceptable to all the folks who work on TC spec documents. And this includes not
only the formal editors, but also other TC members who are creating/modifying Issue proposals.

It is my impression that a range of tools are currently in use and it may not be so easy to move folk away from the tools they are familiar with.

For my own 10c, any tool that I use should have the characteristics:

a) WYSIWYG - allowing combination of text and images/diagrams
b) Available on a range of operating systems
c) Allow viewing of multiple pieces of the same document at once on the screen
d) Track and show changes in a document
e) Produce a variety of output formats on demand
f) Support a variety of hyperlinking techniques

My personal favourite at the moment is OpenOffice, but I also use MS Word.
Editing XML directly does not find favour with me...

I'm willing to give a new tool a try, but it has some stiff competition in the existing tools.

Yours,  Mike.

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From: "Peter F Brown \(OASIS Individual Member\)" <peter-oasis@justbrown.net>
To: "'G. Ken Holman'" <gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com>, <chairs@lists.oasis-open.org>
Date: 19/05/2010 08:35
Subject: RE: [chairs] What can Standards Development / TC  Administration do to help?

Hi Ken:
Sounds interesting.
Forgive me if this is covered elsewhere, but what is the authoring
environment for the TC spec editor? Put another way, is it something that
plugs in to existing tools (be it OpenOffice, Word, or other) or is it
another authoring tool to download and install (remembering that many of our
editors work on locked-down, corporate, systems)?


| -----Original Message-----
| From: G. Ken Holman [
| Sent: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:32
| To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
| Subject: Re: [chairs] What can Standards Development / TC Administration
do to
| help?
| At 2010-05-18 14:01 -0400, Norman Walsh wrote:
| >Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't dream of editing a spec in anything
| >*other* than (a particular) OASIS XML format, but that's not going to
| >be news to anyone :-)
| Norm won't say it, but I will ... I've created a spec publishing
| environment based on DocBook.
| The version 0.4 currently visible in the template directory is
| outdated and I'm waiting for TC Admin to upload the latest that I
| delivered to them last week.  What I like about this environment is
| that it produces the HTML and PDF to Mary McRae's specifications
| precisely, such that she doesn't need to do any post-processing to
| put the files up on the web.  My CLRTC's latest specification
| documents were successfully published with this environment.
| If anyone would like early access to this "0.5 wd02" version, please
| let me know off list.  I'll post again to this thread when last
| week's ZIP is available on the OASIS site for everyone.
| . . . . . . . . . . . Ken
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