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Subject: Re: [election-services] EML 530 schema?

A concern I have here is that we shouldn't provide draft EML schema to
organizations unless we've possed a canonical draft on the E&VS TC
repository.  For example, what if the XSD David releases on Monday is
substantively different than the one the CA SoS developed their system
against?  I still won't be able to validate the CA SoS' 530 releases
without getting their version of the 530 (or a diff).  That's not a
good thing.

I understand that we want to get things out and be as useful as
possible, but there are very good reasons EML is a *standard* and that
drafts are made available publicly via the OASIS web site repository
for our TC.  The 530 is not in the v6.0 alpha. (maybe it's somewhere

Can we formally or informally decide that in the future any
transmission of draft schema or documentation "intended for a future
release" will be mediated by the EML TC web site?  Or at least that
their is an opportunity for TC members (and possibly members of the
public) to get these documents?  If not, we risk not being an open
standard (we'd be a mostly open standard with closed and unclear draft
elements in production environments).

Anyway, sorry to be somewhat of a stickler here but this issue with
the 530 exposes some deficiencies in how we're operating as a
standards-setting TC.  I want to emphasize that David's doing a great
job and I don't think we'd be able to do as much (or much at all)
without him... however, we need to abide by certain formal
arrangements here.

best, Joe

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall@gmail.com> wrote:
> Great!
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM, David RR Webber (XML) <david@drrw.info> wrote:
>> This is already in the new V6 release.
>> I should have the next complete draft available for everyone over the
>> weekend - just doing some final polish on the documentation and dictionary
>> side right now for our upcoming May meeting

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
ACCURATE Postdoctoral Research Associate
UC Berkeley School of Information
Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy

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