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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  

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 member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org 

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

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:

Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly  


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
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):

> (b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee
> Specification;

> (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;


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> (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

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

The vote was 6 in favor, none opposed, with one eligible member not  

> (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  

> (j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the
> originating TC;


> (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.

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