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Subject: ["Karl F. Best" <karl.best@oasis-open.org>] RE: OASIS publication ofISO entity sets?


Here's a message I sent to Karl and his reply. Comments?

I'll see if I can figure out who we should ask at ISO. Charles, for a
start, I guess.


Possible solutions:

1. DocBook TC (or a subcommittee thereof) does this, either
  a) as a committee spec, with possible submission to OASIS
  b) as just something that's on a web page for people to grab and use
2. Start a separate TC to do (a)

If the work is complete and just needs a rubber stamp I don't think we
should go through the bother of starting a new TC. So that leaves it up to
the DocBook TC.

Option 1b) might be the easiest, but I could see how some people would be
more comfortable if it was actually a spec.

If it's not a current ISO work item then I don't think there should be a
problem with OASIS doing the work; I wouldn't want OASIS to duplicate their
work, but if they're not going to do it then I guess we could. Have you
brought this up with the other members of the TC? If they want to do 1a)
then I don't think I would have much objection. Could someone at ISO be
asked what they would think of this? If they have no objections then we
should do it.

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Norman Walsh [mailto:ndw@nwalsh.com]
> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2001 12:48 PM
> To: Karl Best
> Subject: OASIS publication of ISO entity sets?
> Karl,
> At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention last week, several people asked
> me why we (the DocBook TC) doesn't publish the XML version of the ISO
> entity sets as a separate archive. (In particular, they were surprised
> that I was opposed to having them ripped out of the DocBook
> distribution and packaged separately for Linux distributions.)
> The reason for my reticence is simply the fact that those entity sets
> have never been a proper work item for the DocBook TC and probably
> aren't an appropriate work item for that TC.
> The technical solution would seem to be the formation of a TC to
> review and effectively "rubber stamp" the XML versions. But that
> raises the interesting political problem of OASIS standardizing a
> version of an ISO work product.
> Really, ISO ought to do this, but that won't happen in our lifetime.
> Thoughts?
>                                         Be seeing you,
>                                           norm
> --
> Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> | Man is an intellectual animal, and
> http://nwalsh.com/            | therefore an everlasting contradiction
>                               | to himself. His senses centre in
>                               | himself, his ideas reach to the ends of
>                               | the universe; so that he is torn to
>                               | pieces between the two, without a
>                               | possibility of its ever being
>                               | otherwise.--Hazlitt

                                        Be seeing you,

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