This is one of the first questions people will ask when looking at a move to S1000D. The version of S1000D that you should use will be governed by several factors:
- The version that is specified in the S1000D Business Rules for the project. This will be decided by the requirements of the contract. If this is not specified in the contract, it is recommended that key stakeholders are consulted with the pros and cons for specific versions.
- What you wish to achieve. If you are starting an internal S1000D project to ensure a head-start in the market, the key question to answer would be “what is it we are trying to gain from using the S1000D specification?” Once you have answered this question, you can then look at what version to use. Each version of the specification has subtle differences and functionality available for projects to use. Just because the latest version of the specification has been released, doesn’t always mean that it will meet your project requirements.
If I find something that needs to be changed or if I have an improvement for the S1000D specification, how do I get it included?
Each country has a working group of volunteers that works with the S1000D Steering Committee, working groups and task teams that work with the specification and does the improvements for it.
If you have noticed that there are corrections that need to be made or if you have a suggestion for improvement, you can submit a Change Proposal Form (CPF) to your specific country’s working group and they will submit it on your behalf.
For more information on S1000D, refer to ADG’s S1000D Blog – What is S1000D?
or visit the S1000D.org website.