From: Patrick Durusau 
Subject: [sc34wg3] Procedure for Comments on the RM
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 06:10:48 -0500


A new process for comments on the Reference Model is
now in place! No more digging through email archives,
your comments will be processed and linked to the
current draft. Processing your comments will be
expedited by the following procedure:

Here is the process for submitting comments on the ISO
Reference Model for Topic Maps to its editors via
email.  Please submit comments on the RM to the
SC34/WG3 list () using the
process described below.

0.  The latest editor's draft is always available at:
    This is what to comment on.

1.  Submit comments as notes to the SC34/WG3 list
    (  The following is an
    example of such a note; this particular comment is
    about the text of the title of Section 0
    ("Introduction").  The title is a paragraph whose
    unique identifier is "parid2001":

REF: parid2001

TXT: Introduction

FIX: Short Introduction

COM: Strunk said, "Omit needless words," and we should
follow his advice.


This suggests that the editors should change the
existing text of the draft (the "TXT") in a particular
location (at the "REF") to a revised text (the "FIX")
with a comment ("COM") on the change.

That is, "Introduction" -> "Short Introduction"

2.  Some nuances:

a.) If you provide no REF, the editors will have to use
    their best judgment as to which portion of the
    draft text the comment pertains to. The most likely
    guess is that the comment pertains to the entire

b.) To apply the same comment to multiple REFS, use a
    space-delimited list of parids: parid2001 parid2002

c.) One of [ REF | TXT | FIX | COM ] is required. END
    is required. In other words, using COM, it is
    possible to comment without mentioning TXT or a

d.) There can be multiple comments submitted in a given
    email, since the END delimits the comments.

e.) [ TXT | FIX | COM ] may contain line feeds and
    white space.

f.) [ TXT | FIX | COM ] with markup should be
    "attached" (see below)

g.) Complex comments (ie, those that require more than
    the markup-free plain ascii) may be sent as an
    email attachment, with a note to that effect in the
    COM field. Alternatively, the URL where the complex
    comment can be accessed may be put in the COM

4.  Comments will be processed and linked to the text
    of the draft, as shown for parid0000 at:

5.  Comments may be edited for length and clarity, and
    merged with other comments.

6.  All comments will be read and processed, but
    adhering to the above process will (we hope) make
    processing as expeditious as possible.

Your participation and comments will help shape the ISO
Reference Model for Topic Maps! Please participate
early and often!



Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Co-Editor, ISO Reference Model for Topic Maps

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