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Subject: 60-day Public Review for DocBook Version 5.1 COS01 - ends Nov. 7th

OASIS members and other interested parties, 

Members of the OASIS DocBook TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance DocBook Version 5.1 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

DocBook Version 5.1
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
23 June 2016

Specification Overview: 

DocBook is a general purpose [XML] schema particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software (though it is by no means limited to these applications).

The Version 5.1 release introduces assemblies for topic-oriented authoring. It also addresses a selection of bugs and feature requests.

The Technical Committee provides the DocBook 5.1 schema in other schema languages, including W3C XML Schema and an XML DTD, but the RELAX NG Schema is the normative schema.

DocBook Version 5.1 received 3 Statements of Use from Norman Walsh, Sagehill Enterprises and LexisNexis [3]. 

TC Description:

The DocBook Technical Committee maintains the DocBook family of schemas.

Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review starts 09 September 2016 at 00:00 UTC and ends 07 November 2016 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

HTML (Authoritative):

Editable source:



DocBook V4.x conversion tools: 

ZIP distribution file (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about the specification and the DocBook TC may be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of “DocBook Version 5.1,” we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.


[1] OASIS DocBook Technical Committee

[2] https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=2944

[3] Statements of Use: 

- Norman Walsh: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201605/msg00003.html 

- Sagehill Enterprises: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201605/msg00006.html 

- LexisNexis: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/201604/msg00000.html 

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/docbook/ipr.php
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Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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