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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - DocBook Version 5.1

OASIS Members:

The OASIS DocBook TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership to a membership vote for OASIS Standard:

DocBook Version 5.1
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
23 June 2016

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [2]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met [3][4], the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot is open, starting at 09 November 2016 at 00:00 UTC. The ballot closes at 22 November 2016 at 11:59 UTC. You can access the ballot and cast your vote now at:

Internal link for voting members: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=3010

Publicly visible link:  https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3010

The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 42 (15% of 279 organizational members).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the DocBook TC -- 

DocBook is a general purpose [XML] schema particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software (though it is by no means limited to these applications).

The Version 5.1 release introduces assemblies for topic-oriented authoring. It also addresses a selection of bugs and feature requests.

The Technical Committee provides the DocBook 5.1 schema in other schema languages, including W3C XML Schema and an XML DTD, but the RELAX NG Schema is the normative schema.

DocBook Version 5.1 received 3 Statements of Use from Norman Walsh, Sagehill Enterprises and LexisNexis [3].

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

HTML (Authoritative):

Editable source:



DocBook V4.x conversion tools:

Distribution ZIP files:

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specifications and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


-- Additional information -- 

[1] OASIS DocBook TC

TC Charter

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote: 

[3] Public reviews: 
- 30-day public review, 23 March 2015:
  - Comment resolution log:

- 15-day public review, 04 September 2015: 
  - Comment resolution log: 

- 60-day public review, 09 September 2016: 
  - No comments received

[4] Statements of Use: 

- Norman Walsh: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201605/msg00003.html 

- Sagehill Enterprises: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201605/msg00006.html 

- LexisNexis: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201604/msg00000.html 


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

Primary: +1 973-996-2298
Mobile: +1 201-341-1393 

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