[sc34wg3] Editorial structure of N0396

Sam Hunting sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Tue, 22 Apr 2003 10:07:42 -0400 (EDT)

> * Lars Marius Garshol
> |
> | The ISO-conformant text need not be very substantially different
> | from the text as it stands today. It's primarily the references, the
> | glossary, some formatting, and some other minor details that need to
> | change.
> * Sam Hunting
> | 
> | Yes, that is the point at issue. "Minor" being in the eye of the
> | beholder.
> I don't think it's very controversial to claim that the changes needed
> to conform to the ISO style are relatively minor. Whether everybody
> would be happy to see it go into CD once it conforms to the ISO style
> but still as the same technical substance is another matter.

Perhaps only slightly controversial? ;-) The foreword is missing from your
list above, BTW, and I'm not sure that's minor.

FWIW, to me, "technical substance" is inseparable from the text that
embodies it. 

Two texts *may* have the same substance, though they are different, but
it's unlikely in the general case, and especially unlikely when the text
has just been converted or transformed or translated from one "style" to
another. Text is buggy like anything else. That's why I keep saying one
way to "move on" is to create a conformant, version of N0396 -- and I
think you agree.

This source of N0393 would make the claim that its technical substance has
been stable between this revision and the last one, but I wouldn't expect
anyone else to take that claim on faith; rather, a detailed
clause-by-clause examination would be the best way to assess that claim,
and by testing the text, would make it stronger.

As for "happiness" -- I don't know what the metric for that inner state
might be. But expressed agreeement in the form of a consensus would be a
one proxy for it ;-)

Sam Hunting
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