The scope of DocBook is computer hardware and software documentation. Broadly, this includes both print and online tutorial and reference documentation as well as online help, user guides, exercises and other ancillary forms of documentation.
This effort will deliver on the following goals:
- Evolve DocBook using the most appropriate schema languages.
- Address issues and enhancement requests that arise from experience with real-world DocBook implementations.
- Add support for features that were deferred from previous versions of DocBook.
Most requests for enhancement that are not motivated by a requirement in computer hardware or software documentation are considered out of scope for the committee. However, the committee may address needs in related domains through extensions or variants, and may commission sub-committees to focus on related domains. It is not a goal of the Technical Committee to expand the scope of DocBook to include additional, unrelated problem domains.
The OASIS DocBook TC is chartered to develop and maintain the DocBook family of specifications and to continue to support its ever growing user base. In particular, the XML and SGML DocBook schemas, a suite of extension modules, and a simplified authoring subset of DocBook. The Technical Committee plans to support a variety of schema languages and may develop additional modules and derived document types.