OSS Watch Documents

OSS Watch documents are principally written in Markdown. These documents are stored on computers running Debian GNU/Linux. Public access to the documents is through the OSS Watch website which employs an Apache web server. The markdown documents are transformed using Jekyll into HTML. Our user interface uses the Twitter Bootstrap framework.

Occasionally some OSS Watch documents are written in HTML or using OpenOffice or Apache Forrest.

All of the software involved in these processes are examples of open source software.

OSS Watch Document Life Cycle

All OSS Watch documents on the website undergo a life cycle that is designed to ensure quality and consistency. Each document is reviewed 6 months after publication for integrity and again 12 months after publication for integrity and relevance. Any document found lacking in either area at the 12 month review is either rewritten as required or archived. Archived documents remain on the public website in order to ensure that no one’s links to such documents break. They are clearly marked as Archived. Such documents will not be further checked for link integrity and relevance. There is a document that contains a full list of archived documents.

The OSS Watch Website - HTML

The OSS Watch website www.oss-watch.ac.uk is designed to render as valid HTML 5. OSS Watch works to ensure that the structure and content of documents is separated from presentational aspects and to this end seeks to ensure that only valid CSS3 is used in the rendering of our HTML pages. Together with valid HTML and CSS the OSS Watch website should render well in most standards compliant browsers. Do please let us know if you detect a difficulty rendering our pages in your browser by writing to us at info@oss-watch.ac.uk.

The site uses a responsive layout that should work well in most mobile and tablet devices.

OSS Watch Presentations

OSS Watch presentations at workshops and conferences are sometimes written in XML and transformed to PDF for viewing. On other occasions they are written using OpenOffice Presentation and saved as either OpenOffice documents or in Microsoft PowerPoint format or in PDF. Sometimes they are written using Apache Forrest.

Further reading


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