UPD Mail Archive: Re: UPD> new UPDF specification document:

Re: UPD> new UPDF specification document: Version 84

From: Jim Sommer (jsommer@bellatlantic.net)
Date: Thu Aug 22 2002 - 08:01:04 EDT

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    The new version of the spec looks great. It's much easier to identify
    elements and attributes and overall much more readable. A major step forward.


    At 8/20/2002 02:57 PM, NorbertSchade@oaktech.com wrote:
    >You can find a new version of the UPDF specification on our web site. Just
    >use the reference in the UPDF site. Although the exact version number is
    >0.84.0, we'll nickname it 'Version 84' for short reference, as we expect to
    >refer to this level regularly.
    >We consider Version 84 as a major milestone of the document, as we have
    >accomplished some targets.
    >1. All information merged into one document.
    >Before we had documents, which referred to one special schema. We had
    >documents at different places. Not all documents could be accessed from the
    >UPDF web site.
    >Now we have one document for the specification. The link known by all
    >people involved in UPDF refers to that document. It's in PDF format.
    > From now on this will be the only document, where you'll find official
    >information about the specification.
    >One place to search. One file to edit.
    >2. The spec shows all tags of all schemas.
    >Version 84 reflects all UPDF schemas. There is one section per schema
    >(except the data type schema, which is really for the experts). All
    >elements and attributes of all schemas are listed.
    >We know that not all tags are documented as well as we'd like to. But now
    >that's simpler to fill in.
    >3. The spec shows a professional layout.
    >Although we were hoping for some time that we'd get some help from people
    >who do that for living, we finally had to move on. I hope we proved that
    >some dry engineers can get something together, which really looks like a
    >Important details include a table of contents and headings in nine levels
    >for all elements. Attributes are formatted in blue for easier detection, as
    >they are the main target to look out for when seeking information. Headings
    >are numbered for perfect reference.
    > From now on it is possible that more than one work on the spec, as we have
    >detailed references to avoid overlapping and double-work.
    >We know it's not final.
    >But this version can be easily extended and is an excellent base for
    >Once all tags are filled as required we will be able to start a series of
    >last calls. We expect that to start after the New Orleans conference.
    >If you have thought about reading through the spec, but always were
    >confused by the differences to the schemas, now is the time to jump in.
    >One reason for finish the spec on this level was to provide some document
    >for discussions with the Semantic Model group in PWG in the Linux guys from
    >the freestandards.org. It will now be easier to demonstrate how things are
    >suppose to work with this kind of architecture.
    >Now the effort for the spec has to come down a bit again to make room for
    >the technical work. Meet you there!
    >Norbert Schade

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