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Subject: Re: [dita] Re: Changes in the new design for OASIS Committee Notes

+ 1 here.

Chet and Paul, it is embarrassing and awkward that OASIS specifies that committee notes should use a non-open source font. Can we correct this?

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 31, 2019, at 11:39 AM, Alan Houser <arh@groupwellesley.com> wrote:

Hi Paul,

At the risk of piling on, can we (the DITA TC) push back on the choice of Calibri as the body font? Calibri is a Microsoft font, licensed for use with Windows but problematic for publishing on other operating systems.

Cambria has the same issue, so it was good to see it replaced in this version of the OASIS CN.

How strict is OASIS with respect to font specifications? If we (the DITA TC) can substitute another (similar) body font, we would be grateful.


On 1/31/19 11:25 AM, Paul Knight wrote:
Hi Kris and all,

Thanks for assembling this so clearly!  It's very useful to consider several of these items together.

I'll dig into this and see what the next steps might be.

Best regards,

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:17 AM Kristen James Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com> wrote:

Hi, Paul.

I'm comparing the PDF that Chet sent in November with what we we have in our current style sheets. Here are the changes that I identify:

Comments/Things we need from OASIS
New header for cover page. Includes:
  • New logo
  • The text "OASIS Committee Note"
  • A line
Text = Arial, 18 pt bold, #707070

Line = ?
  • High-quality version of the logo
  • Specifications for the line: Color and thickness
Cover page titles
Text = Arial (replace Cambria), bold, #446CAA (replace #?)

Various font weights:
Note Title Version = 24 pt
Committee Note Draft NN = 18pt (replace 16 pt, add bold)
Specification URIs = 12 pt (replace 14 pt, eliminate padding below)
OASIS: I am going to change the fonts and colors, but largely leave the font sizes as is. Then let's look at the results and see what you think.

It does not look like the PDF that you sent us is a final design; it has less-than-ideal font sizes (10.80 pt and 8.88 pt) and padding for elements.

Can we standardize font sizes to use whole numbers?

Sidebar on cover page

Footer on cover page
Add; the old design did not have the footer.

Render copyright statement on a single line; bottom aligned


Body titles
Text = Arial (replace Cambria) bold
H1 = 18 pt
H2 = 13.92 pt (replace 14 pt)
H3 = 12.96 pt
H4 = Not defined
Can we standardize font sizes to use whole numbers?
Body text
Calilbri 10.80 pt

Footer text
Calibri 8.88 pt


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
+1 919 622-1501; kriseberlein (skype)

Alan Houser
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
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