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Re: [Draft-SpecGL] Umbrella specifications

From: <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:55:14 -0400
To: "'www-qa-wg@w3.org'" <www-qa-wg@w3.org>
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I agree with all of Dom's comments and edits, and propose a few more:

DHM>[Multiple documents]enables a more flexible development.
It also allows the WG to offer pieces of their work for different breadths 
of adoption. For example, Schema Part 2 (data types) is offered by the 
Schema WG as the W3C-wide standard for data types.

KD>The W3C Process Document provides....
But it doesn't require nor prohibit a monolithic specification, but rather 
leaves the Working Group discretion to decide how many documents they may 
issue.

With the above lead-in, the next paragraph can say something like:
When the WG intends to produce several documents that act collectively to 
specify their technology (e.g., OWL?), it would be wasteful and confusing 
to have every document describe its relationship to every other document. 
For that purpose, the WG can produce an umbrella specification that states 
relationships among the documents in one place. All other documents can 
then make one reference to the umbrella document as the source of the 
global view of the technology.
.................David Marston
Received on Wednesday, 27 April 2005 18:55:18 GMT

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