Fellow AsciiDoc enthusiasts,
AsciiDoc has gained traction as a preferred choice for technical writing in IT, and we all want to see it continue to grow. As we've discussed previously, in order for that to happen at this point, we need a specification.
With that said, I'm kicking off the standardization effort for AsciiDoc using the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process (https://www.eclipse.org/projects/efsp/
). I'm doing so on behalf of OpenDevise, who will serve as the Lead Organization. With Stuart's blessing, we've taken the first step of proposing to establish the AsciiDoc Working Group.
The AsciiDoc Working Group (WG) administers the overall effort and is responsible for initiating and steering the technical projects. The AsciiDoc WG will be governed by its charter (https://www.eclipse.org/org/workinggroups/asciidoc-charter.php
). Note that the AsciiDoc WG is not officially established until its charter is ratified. The ones who vote to ratify the charter are the initial members who have signed the participant agreement for the WG (https://www.eclipse.org/org/workinggroups/wpga/asciidoc-working-group-participation-agreement.pdf
). There's no fee for a committer member (i.e., individual) to sign this agreement (though there is an expected time commitment).
The primary goal the AsciiDoc WG will put forth is to graduate AsciiDoc from a de facto standard to an official specification with an open TCK and at least one compatible open source implementation. To achieve this goal, the AsciiDoc WG will originate the AsciiDoc specification project and ensure the specification is developed in accordance with the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process. The specification project will work to define the AsciiDoc language's terminology, syntax, ASG, document model, extension points, and so forth.
The AsciiDoc WG and its projects are open to everyone. You can become a member of the AsciiDoc WG, contribute to one of the projects, or just observe. If you're interested, please join the AsciiDoc WG mailing list (https://accounts.eclipse.org/mailing-list/asciidoc-wg
). By participating, you can have a voice in how AsciiDoc is standardized and how it evolves.