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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] OASIS Guidelines to Writing Conformance Clauses

--- On Mon, 6/23/08, robert_weir@us.ibm.com <robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:

> From: robert_weir@us.ibm.com <robert_weir@us.ibm.com>
> Subject: [oiic-formation-discuss] OASIS Guidelines to Writing Conformance Clauses
> To: oiic-formation-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org
> Date: Monday, June 23, 2008, 10:02 AM
> Last year the OASIS Technical Advisory Board (TAB) wrote up
> a "Guidelines 
> to Writing Conformance Clauses".  This was to support
> the new OASIS policy 
> around conformance clauses:
> This TC Process addition was added after ODF 1.0 and ODF
> 1.1 were 
> approved.  ODF 1.2 will be enhanced to conform to this new
> requirement. 
> Any discussion of ODF conformance properly belongs on that
> discussion 
> list, not here.
> However, any formal deliverable of the proposed OIIC TC
> will also be 
> required to follow this conformance policy.  In particular
> I'd draw your 
> attention to the "Guidelines to Writing Conformance
> Clauses" posted here:
> http://docs.oasis-open.org/templates/TCHandbook/ConformanceGuidelines.html

From this link:
>> Conformance Target – an artifact such as a protocol, document, platform, process or service, which is the subject of Conformance Clauses and Normative Statements. There may be several Conformance Targets defined within a specification, and these targets may be diverse so as to reflect different aspects of a specification. For example, a protocol message and a protocol engine may be different targets.

It looks to me like ODF "profiles" could be "conformance targets".

Also we may want to keep the following in mind:
>> Normative statements MUST be referenceable so that a statement may be referenced from another part of a specification, but more importantly so they can be referenced from Conformance Clauses. Should the specification writer want fine grained referenceability, each Normative Statement SHOULD be uniquely labeled. This is the approach adopted by some organizations, such as WS-I. If the writer deems this to be too fine grained, then Normative Statements can appear in their own self-contained section, and the section referenced.

[This is more an issue for the ODF TC, but it's probably also relevant to the iioc TC.]

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