Subject: DocBook v5.0 Submitted for OASIS Standard Approval Ballot
OASIS Members: The OASIS DocBook Technical Committee has submitted the following specification, which is an approved Committee Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard: The DocBook Schema Version 5.0 The text of the TC submission is appended. You now have until 15 October to familiarize yourself with the submission and provide input to your organization's voting representative. On 16 October, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting Representatives of OASIS member organizations. They will have until the last day of October, inclusive, to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved as an OASIS Standard or not. Members who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through email@example.com . In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee Specification has already completed the necessary 60-day public review period as noted in the submission below. The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS Standards is found at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2009-07-30.php#OASISstandard Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/docbook/ipr.php Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly appreciated. Mary Mary P McRae Director, Technical Committee Administration OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.oasis-open.org twitter: fiberartisan #oasisopen phone: 1.603.232.9090 > (a) Links to the approved Committee Specification in the TC’s document > repository, and any appropriate supplemental documentation for the > specification, both of which must be written using the OASIS > templates. The specification may not have been changed between its > approval as a Committee Specification and its submission to OASIS for > consideration as an OASIS Standard, except for the changes on the > title page and running footer noting the approval status and date. Editable Source (DocBook): http://docs.oasis-open.org/docbook/specs/docbook-5.0-spec-cs-02.xml HTML: http://docs.oasis-open.org/docbook/specs/docbook-5.0-spec-cs-02.html PDF: http://docs.oasis-open.org/docbook/specs/docbook-5.0-spec-cs-02.pdf > (b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee > Specification; http://docs.oasis-open.org/docbook/specs/docbook-5.0-spec-cs-02.xml > (c) Certification by the TC that all schema and XML instances included > in the specification, whether by inclusion or reference, including > fragments of such, are well formed, and that all expressions are > valid; I so certify. > (d) A clear English-language summary of the specification; 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 5.0 release is a complete rewrite of DocBook in RELAX NG.The intent of this rewrite is to produce a schema that is true to the spirit of DocBook while simultaneously removing inconsistencies that have arisen as a natural consequence of DocBook's long, slow evolution. The Technical Committee has taken this opportunity to simplify a number of content models and tighten constraints where RELAX NG makes that possible. > (e) A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to > similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing > organizations; DocBook and DITA are both used for technical documentation. To a lesser extent, ODF is sometimes used with DocBook and limited conversion between them is possible to a certain extent. > (f) The Statements of Use presented above; Flatirons http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/200808/msg00017.html IONA Solutions http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook/200808/msg00018.html Pearson PLC http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-tc/200903/msg00010.html > (g) The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s), a pointer > to the announcement of the public review(s), and a pointer to an > account of each of the comments/issues raised during the public review > period(s), along with its resolution; The public review was from 24 Apr 2008 to 23 June 2008, see http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200804/msg00004.html No comments or issues were raised. > (h) An account of and results of the voting to approve the > specification as a Committee Specification, including the date of the > ballot and a pointer to the ballot; The ballot ended 3 June 2009, see http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=1705 The vote was 6 in favor, none opposed, with one eligible member not voting. > (i) An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any > earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification, > together with the originating TC’s response to each comment; The previous efforts resulted in DocBook V4.5 becomming an OASIS Standard. > (j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the > originating TC; http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-comment/ > (k) A pointer to any minority reports delivered by one or more Members > who did not vote in favor of approving the Committee Specification, > which report may include statements regarding why the member voted > against the specification or that the member believes that Substantive > Changes were made which have not gone through public review; or > certification by the Chair that no minority reports exist. I assert that no such report exists.