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Subject: RE: [trans-ws] Collaborative editing of the spec

Hi Stephen,


This is a great initiative! I am all for it, it should help us a lot to keep the specs up-to-date if everyone that identifies an issue can go in and change it directly.

But obviously with that freedom comes some responsibility, and I guess we may need to put together some guidelines for how we should work.


I am not familiar with Wiki or RSS so I have a couple of questions:

* Is it possible to track the history of the content, retrieve an “old” version, or see exactly what changes has been done and perhaps reverting to an earlier version?

* Is it possible to get notifications when content is changed and to see what changes were made?

* It could be useful to be able to do edit the content as a “change proposal” without it explicitly being part of the “official” content until it has been signed off by others. Would this be possible?

* Is it possible to annotate changes with comments explaining why they were made?


Thanks a lot for taking your time in setting this up!




From: Stephen.Flinter@connectcgs.com [mailto:Stephen.Flinter@connectcgs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 3:51 AM
To: trans-ws@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [trans-ws] Collaborative editing of the spec



given that a number of people are tasked with editing the spec, I thought that a collaborative environment such as a wiki might be useful.  To that end, I spent a few hours creating a wiki, and making it publically available.

Check out:

For those of you who use RSS feed aggregators, there is also as RSS feed available, so you can follow progress on the doc:

The wiki engine (Instiki - www.instiki.org) is supposed to have PDF & LaTeX export functionalaity, but that appears to be broken at the moment.  However, when I get that sorted, it should mean that we can produce a printable copy of the spec directly from the wiki.

Take a look, and let me know what you think, and whether you reckon it's worth pursuing with this approach, or whether the posted/emailed Word docs are better.

Peter, if you're happy with this approach, feel free to post a link on the TransWS home page.  I'll keep the wiki server up for the duration of the development of the spec (and perhaps move it to a more permanent home if this exercise is successful).



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