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Subject: RE: standards process

> Ok, here's a first stab. Let me know what you think.
> |       a. A formal specification that is a valid member of its
> |          type.
> The doctypes at http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.1.2/ and
> http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/sgml/4.1/ are valid XML and
> SGML document types.


Your certification is enough. If I didn't know you I would verify for myself
but I think I can trust you guys :-)

> |       b. Appropriate documentation for the specification.
> DocBook 3.1 fully documented by DocBook: The Definitive Guide at
> http://docbook.org/tdg/. The changes introduced in DocBook 4 have not
> (yet) been integrated into TDG, but they are available at
> http://docbook.org/tdg/40updates/


> |       c. A clear English-language summary of the specification.
> DocBook is a DTD maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee of


> |       d. Certification by at least three OASIS member
> |          organizations that they are successfully using the
> |          specification.
> What constitutes certification?

I need statements (email is okay) from representatives of three member

> |       e. An account of or pointer to votes and comments received
> |          in any earlier attempts to standardize substantially the
> |          same specification, together with the originating TC's
> |          response to each comment.
> This is the first time we're going through this process, so I'm not
> sure that there's anything to point to. The meeting minutes and public
> discussion on the docbook-tc and docbook mailing lists would be
> informative, I suppose.

This is specifically for cases where a previous vote on the proposal failed;
the TC must explain what they've done to fix any problems when they
resubmit. Not applicable here.

> |       f. A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for
> |          the originating TC.
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/


So all we're lacking is three member organizations to certify that they use
the proposed standard. As long as I have this in the next couple of days I
can get it out by the deadline on Oct 1st. I'll write up a ballot and get it
sent out.

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

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