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Subject: DocBook Charter

Here's my stab at a revised charter.


The official name is the DocBook Technical Committee. It is sometimes
unofficially called the "DocBook TC" or the "DocBook committee".

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this committee is to develop and maintain the DocBook
family of specifications. In particular, this Technical Committee
maintains the XML and SGML DocBook schemas, a suite of extension
modules, and a simplified authoring subset of DocBook. The Technical
Committee plans to support a variety of schema languages and may
develop additional modules and derived document types.

Scope of Work

The TC is engaged in evolving the suite of DocBook specifications. The
scope of the DocBook TC will be guided by the above Statement of
Purpose. This effort will deliver on the following goals:

    * Address issues and enhancement requests that have arisen from
      experience with real-world DocBook implementations.

    * Add support for features that were deferred from previous
      versions of DocBook.

List of Deliverables

The TC expects to update the following specifications to reflect
issues and enhancements adopted by the TC.

  * The DocBook SGML Document Type
  * The DocBook XML Document Type
  * Simplified DocBook
  * The DocBook EBNF Module
  * The DocBook HTML Forms Module
  * The DocBook MathML Module
  * The DocBook SVG Module

The TC is also engaged in an exploration of DocBook V5.0, a complete
reimplementation of DocBook in RELAX NG. This work is expected to
produce specifications that update, augment, or replace all of the

Additional documents may also be produced at the Committee's
discretion. The TC's intent is to pursue DocBook Standard status for
major DocBook revisions.


The primary audience for the final output of this TC is structured
documentation system architects, implementers, authors, and users.

Language of the TC

All business of the TC will be conducted in English.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | An author is a fool who, not
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | content with boring those he lives
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | with, insists on boring future
                                   | generations.--Charles de
                                   | Montesquieu

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