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Subject: The DocBook Schema v5.0.1 from DocBook TC approved as a Committee Specification

OASIS Members and other interested parties,

OASIS is pleased to announce that The DocBook Schema Version 5.0.1 from the OASIS DocBook TC [1] has been approved as an OASIS Committee Specification.Â

DocBook is widely used in computer hardware and software documentation in both commercial and Open Source environments. Broadly, this includes both print and online tutorial and reference documentation as well as online help, user guides, exercises and other ancillary forms of documentation.

The DocBook Version 5.0 schema was delivered in 2009 using the RelaxNG schema language with additional constraints specified in Schematron. The Schematron rules changed after DocBook 5.0 was released, so some Schematron tools do not work with DocBook 5.0. The DocBook 5.0.1 specification is updated with the new Schematron rules so users can continue using DocBook 5.0 if they need to use newer Schematron tools.

This Committee Specification is an OASIS deliverable, completed and approved by the TC and fully ready for testing and implementation.

The prose specifications and related files are available here:

The DocBook Schema Version 5.0.1
Committee Specification 01
07 November 2018

Editable source: (Authoritative)

Relax NG schemas:
Schematron schema:
DTD schema:
XML schemas:
XML Catalog:
DocBook NVDL file:

Distribution ZIP file

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

Members of the DocBook TC [1] approved this specification by Special Majority Vote. The specification had been released for public review as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve as a Committee Specification passed [3], and the document is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone and our thanks to the reviewers who provided feedback on the specification drafts to help improve the quality of the work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS DocBook TC

[2] Public review:
30-day public review, 21 September 2018:
- Comment resolution log:

[3] Approval ballot:
Paul KnightÂÂ-ÂTel: +1 781-883-1783
OASIS - Advancing open standards for the information society -ÂDocument Process Analyst

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