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Subject: [humanmarkup] Please Vote

Hi Everyone,

While the subject line says it all, there are a few additional 
factors I would like you to understand in the context of this note to 
encourage you all to vote if you are eligible. That includes everyone 
in the TC and our recently appointed Invited Experts. For the record, 
despite the recent changes in policy that OASIS has made, and 
whatever they may decide in relation to our vote, we need to continue 
with the same process that was underway during this process. So for 
our Invited Experts, we need your formal voting messages.

Len, I would prefer to have a separate message even though it sounded 
as if you were in favor of approval in your last message. So far only 
Sylvia and I have voted and the count stands at 2 in favor and 0 

There are several items which cannot be carried through until we have 
a decision. I can't open up a dialog with OASIS about how they want 
to officially deal with our current ensemble of Invited Experts, in 
which I want a clear decision about the specification to cite as 
evidence in favor of our including all of our Invited Experts for the 
next year. I also want to use that deliverable status as evidence 
for, in effect, grandfathering our Invited Experts as part of the 
voting TC membership on the basis of contributions made to the effort 
while under the previous conditions.

Also, I want a decision in hand as I proceed forward with building an 
OASIS-compliant set of Word, HTML and PDF versions of the 
specification. There are a number of issues which I need to be able 
document as requiring policy decisions from them with regard to 
suggestions I want to make. Making suggestions without concrete 
examples is not a practice I am willing to make. These suggestions 
concern increasing clarity in rules regarding namespaces, 
documentation and improving readability for the purposes of 
explaining these specifications.

We also need to request some specific changes to accommodate 
specifications such as ours which include foundational specifications 
which are not application-specific for determining what constitutes 
an independent implementation. This issue directly affects our 
ability to gain overall OASIS approval of our specification as a 
recommended standard.

Lastly, we need to set the agenda for our next meeting and get off to 
a good start on the next phase of work, whether it is to continue 
working on the Primary Base Schema or moving on to the Secondary Base 

Rex Brooks
Starbourne Communications Design
1361-A Addison, Berkeley, CA 94702 *510-849-2309
http://www.starbourne.com * rexb@starbourne.com

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