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Pointers to Topic Maps standards

From: Steve Pepper <pepper@ontopia.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 21:42:39 +0100
To: "SWBPD list" <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>

I was asked to provide pointers to the text(s) of the Topic Maps
standard. Here they are:

(1) Original text of ISO 13250:2000

    Based on SGML + HyTime. Be warned: Not very readable!

(2) XML Topic Maps specification (2001)

    More readable XML version developed by TopicMaps.Org.
    XML DTD (Annex D) subsequently incorporated into the
    standard as ISO 13250:2003.

(3) Revised text of ISO 13250 (Committee Drafts)

    a) Part 2 -- Data Model (TMDM):
    b) Part 3 -- XML Syntax (XTM):
    c) Part 4 -- Canonicalization (CXTM):
Parts 1 and 5 of the revised 13250 have not yet reached
Committee Draft stage and are thus not representative of the
committee as a whole.

My personal recommendations for those that don't want to
read all five documents:

Start with (2).

Read (3a) and (3b) if you really need to know the details.

Read (3c) if you are particularly interested in how we intend
to do conformance testing.

Read (1) if you are a historian or a masochist :-)

For completeness, here are pointers to two standards that
complement ISO 13250:

(4) Topic Maps Query Language (TMQL)

(5) Topic Maps Constraint Language (TMCL)



Steve Pepper <pepper@ontopia.net>
Chief Strategy Officer, Ontopia
Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3
Editor, XTM (XML Topic Maps 1.0)
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