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Subject: Re: ebXML deliverable format suggestion

well done, i aplogise for my causual treatment in the minutes.

pehraps you could liaise with Jon Bosak and formulate a position paper  we can
disucss next meeting.  this may then go forward to the Executive as a proposal
for improved quality processes.

Joseph Baran wrote:

> To the QR Team:
> This note was prompted by our discussion during yesterday's conference call
> concerning the "official" format for ebXML deliverables, as referenced in
> the following except from the minutes:
> <minutes_excerpt>
> 5. a. Following an action item from 2 weeks ago, Tim reported that a
> Word template document is the format currently being applied to all
> technical specifications.  The Team expressed concern about the
> proprietary nature of this format and that the initiative should adopt
> the tools it preaches.  W3C publish technical specifications using the
> XML specs, DTDs and stylesheets available from Eve Maler.  However, they
> require at least all Team Editors to have appropriate tools (eg XMetal)
> to maintain the content.
> </minutes_excerpt>
> In order to clarify the somewhat less-than-rigorous statement "W3C publish
> technical specifications using the
> XML specs, DTDs and stylesheets available from Eve Maler", I thought I
> would provide some links to resources concerning this thing.
> What is being referred to is more properly called "XMLspec"; it is defined
> in a "report" entitled:
> "Guide to the W3C XML Specification ("XMLspec") DTD, Version 2.1"
> The section "About This Report" states:
> This report describes the XML specification ("XMLspec") DTD used for World
> Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specifications and notes related to XML. It is
> maintained by Eve Maler (<elm@east.sun.com <mailto:elm@east.sun.com>>, +1
> 781 442 3190) of Sun Microsystems. This release of the report corresponds
> to the DTD with the formal public identifier "-//W3C//DTD Specification
> Version 2.1//EN".
> The complete report is quite substantial (almost 300KB when saved as an
> HTML file). It includes extensive documentation, an annotated version of
> the DTD with change history, etc. The latest version of the report is at:
> http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/06/xmlspec-report
> The latest version of the actual DTD file itself is at:
> http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/06/xmlspec.dtd
> There is a mailing list archive of the XMLspec discussion list at:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/spec-prod/
> There is no "official" stylesheet, but you can find the most recent
> general-purpose one at:
> http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/06/xmlspec.xsl
> The example commercial tool mentioned in the minutes ("XMetaL" - no
> endorsement implied!) is available for trial or purchase at:
> http://www.softquad.com/
> I have downloaded the trial, but have not installed it yet. I will
> eventually report on my experience with it.
> I hope this is helpful for anyone wanting to come up to speed on this
> effort.
> Joe Baran

tim mcgrath
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