All normative computer language definitions that are
part of the specification, such as XML instances, schemas and Java(TM) code,
including fragments of such, must be well-formed and valid, and must be
provided in separate plain text files. Each text file must be referenced
from the specification. Where any definition in these separate files
disagrees with the definition found in the specification, the definition in
the separate file prevails.
FYI, Item #3 and the section it refers to seems to
have some bearing on conformance issues we've been discussing or commenting
on in our edits.
particular, there seems to be a requirement to repeat every single
conformance statement that occurs in the spec in a separate section where
they can be more easily reviewed ensemble:
A specification that is approved by the TC at the Public Review
Draft, Committee Specification or OASIS Standard level must include a
separate section, listing a set of numbered conformance clauses, to which
any implementation of the specification must adhere in order to claim
conformance to the specification (or any optional portion
Also it appears that we can now consider the DTD we supply in
separate plain-text files to be normative, and to override whatever we
actually say in the specification itself.
OTOH, it seems the same can be said about the schema files - and
it's unclear how discrepancies between the two could be
On 31 July 2009 the OASIS Board of Directors approved a set of
revisions to the TC Process. The effective date of the new Policy is 1
September 2009 and can be seen here: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2009-07-30.php
A change-marked PDF copy is available upon request and will be available on
the TC Process Policy web page on or before the effective date.
The major changes are as follows:
1. Persistent Non-Voting Member. A new role has been defined, allowing
a TC Member to declare their non-voting status. The process by which a
Member makes such declaration as well as revoking it is established. (See
Definitions: x. as well as
2. Charter submissions. Charter submissions must now include statements
of support from the Primary Representatives of Organizational Members listed
as co-proposers. They will also be notified if the Charter submission is
amended in any way. (See Section
3. Schemas, XML instances, etc. associated with a specification. The
Process now explicitly states that if a discrepancy occurs between the plain
text file and the specification document, the definition in the
separate file prevails. (See
In addition, some smaller changes were made in an attempt to clarify
some potentially confusing language:
4. Explicitly state that all notifications to the OASIS TC
Administrator must be sent to email@example.com
than any one individual. (See Definitions: v.)
5. Remove language that was inadvertently left in the Process and
obsolete (references to Joint Committees and the need to notify the Chair if
you have signed up for a new TC but are unable to attend the first
6. Leaves of Absence - proper procedure for submitting requests.
7. Standing Rules - allowing for amendments and recisions, as well as
explicitly stating that they must be posted on the TC web page in order to
be enforceable. (See Section
8. Clarification with regard to what can and cannot be changed after
approval of a Committee Draft, Committee Specification, or OASIS Standard.
9. Clarification of the Designated Cross References language.
10. Clarification of the Appeals process. (See Section
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Mary P McRae
Director, Standards Development
Technical Committee Administrator
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