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Subject: FW: [askthetab] errata question

FYI - my response to Jacob.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mary McRae [mailto:mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:32 PM
To: 'Jacob Westfall'; 'AskTheTAB@lists.oasis-open.org'
Subject: RE: [askthetab] errata question

Hi Jacob,

  While your question was directed to the TAB, I wanted to make sure you
were aware of the definition of "substantive change" as stated in the OASIS
TC Process:

"Substantive Change" is a change to a specification that would require a
compliant application or implementation to be modified or rewritten in order
to remain compliant.

  That means that if an implementation currently validates against an
existing normative schema, and the proposed changes would result in that
same implementation no longer validating, the change is deemed substantive.

  For instance, if a list of items is required to be in a particular order
and you change that order, an existing valid instance would no longer
validate. Similarly, if you changed the spelling or case of an element name
- even if it's to fix a 'typo' - an existing valid instance would no longer

Note that the substantive change bar is also applied when changes are made
to drafts after public review. If substantive changes have been made,
another (shorter) public review is required before the work can be advanced.

I hope that helps somewhat.



Mary P McRae
Director, Technical Committee Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 1.603.232.9090

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jacob Westfall [mailto:jake@jpw.biz]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 3:30 PM
> To: AskTheTAB@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [askthetab] errata question
> Hi,
> 	I have a question about what an errata to a specification can
> contain.  Primarily what changes can be made to a simpleType
> enumeration list in a schema under the errata process.  Can items in
> the list be changed perhaps for correction or updated as needs change?
> Can new items be added to the list, perhaps to correct an oversight?
> What would be considered a substantive change?  Thanks,
> --
> jake@jpw.biz
> --
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