The ODMA Interoperability Exchange supports the Open Document
Management API (ODMA). It is part of the AIIM DMware Document Management
Interoperability Exchange, but it has an independent web domain,
This construction zone is now focused on work items and notes for maintenance of
the home-page and entrance area of the site, the Front Porch:
- c000000: provides a Diary & Job Jar of work
items at this level.
- The Construction Material section provides information about the
overall construction approach to the site.
- Other sections of the site have their own construction zones, as
appropriate. This can be determined by going to the index.htm page of
The change history of this page is no longer maintained. All further
work items and notes about them are found at the Diary
& Job Jar for this construction zone.
This is the Construction Zone for the front-porch (root-section)
level of the ODMA site.
Every folder in this site is bolted into the construction structure.
The construction structure provides the scaffolding on which the site is
erected; it is always enterable via the
index.htm page that every
folder possesses, no matter what other default pages are present. Each
index.htm page provides an anchor point for any other scaffolding in the section. The index page also serves as the default page of the section during early construction and
sometime for a long time after that.
The construction structure is never
removed. It becomes covered over by the placement of content and any facade page
(e.g., default.htm) that provides a friendlier,
production entry to the folder, but the structure remains as foundation.
The construction structure of the site is also a way to
situate and anchor all of the content. The top-right corner of every
ordinary page is the anchor block. When present, the anchor block
provides the folder hierarchy that the page is situated under. It is a
way to navigate to the containing section and its superiors. The
construction structure and the content structure are congruent in this
regard–they share the same folder hierarchy. If there is no anchor
block for a particular style of page, there is usually an alternative near
the top of the page.
Access to the construction structure is always available.
The "Hard Hat" image in the lower-left corner of all non-index pages provides a link to the construction
which the current page is situated. These links are to the
index.htm page in the same folder.
(Some of these images provide links to the "document-engineering" materials
that are specific to an individual page, rather than for the entire folder.
The title of the image indicates which case applies.)
The construction structure locates applicable
construction zones. The "Hard Hat" image in an
index.htm page is used to link to the nearest construction zone.
This will be in the same or a superior section. Each construction zone
provides a local job jar of "work orders" and construction items.
There may be additional materials that are specific to the construction of the given section and its
Chaining of construction zones. A construction
zone page, such as this one, always provides a table for reaching the
construction zones in its vicinity: the construction zone that is
immediately superior to this one and those other construction zones for
which the present one is the immediate superior. Every table also
provides a link to the Construction Materials section and any other
This construction zone applies to the
construction of all pages in the "root" or front-porch of the ODMA
site. This construction zone is reachable from all
construction zones in subordinate folders. There are no superior
- 2008-04-26-08:34 Repaving of Construction Zone
- This happens as part of the general repaving. The
Job Jar & Diary is the authoritative source. We are just marking this
special occasion in the history of the Construction Zone.
- 2004-11-18-10:17 Convert to Construction Zone style
- Further Change History accumulation is suspended and the Construction Zone
approach is used for further work items and diary entries.
- 2002-05-22-09:28 Split ODMA for Independent Mirroring as
- With the registration and use of domain ODMA.info,
it is necessary to arrange ODMA to operate as independently-mirrored from
the DMware development site, DMware.info.
This is accomplished as follows:
_private subdirectory of DMware.info
is copied to the root of the
ODMA.info structure and
construction subdirectory of
is copied to the root of the
ODMA.info structure and
3. The root-level pages, images, and links are updated to serve as part of
an independent mirror under an unknown anchor site (operating properly
whether anchored on InfoNuovo.com or
4. These are minimum changes. In addition, as part of site
maintenance, there must be consistent normalization applied to all pages of
the site to have it be movable and consistent. (E.g., the older links
for orcmid must be updated, and the style of all pages needs to be made
consistent with the
5. The DMware.info mirror, and other sites must be
updated to refer appropriately to material on ODMA.info.
6. Steps (4-5) are not done at this point, and need to be part of a regular
maintenance practice in preparation for migration of
- 2001-11-01-22:18 Apply orcmid relay linkage
- Rather than perpetually maintain mailto: URLs given
for page authors and maintainers, I switched to using a link
page in the development site construction
section. This usage is similar to the use of global-link pages to
allow migration and mirroring of toolkits and other packaging of site
material. [update 2008-04-26: This page is being retired and
all links for "orcmid" are now to the single "What's an Orcmid?" page on
- 2001-10-14-19:31 Tighten Up DMware Mirroring
- [revised 2002-05-21]
The construction structure of the entire ODMA section is revised to
provide consistency under DMware mirroring. (ODMA must always be
mirrored with DMware, because of the way upward links are organized.)
1. The ODMA logo is always used from DMware
(136 × 97 pixels). The text is always "AIIM DMware ODMA
Interoperability Exchange." The target of the link is always a relative shortcut
2. The Construction and Index page title has separate-component links
for each part.
refers to the DMware mirror of which this is a part.
refers to the ODMA section root. Further subsection-segments refer to
the particular relative section.
3. The Hard Hat symbol uses images/hard-hat-logo.gif
(160 × 115 pixels). The text is always "Hard Hat
Area." The target of the link is always the next higher
construction page, or the construction section of ODMA for a
"peer" section in the ODMA mirror.
4. For the corresponding index.htm page, the same principles apply. In
addition, any occurrence of the ODMA logo provides a relative path to the
ODMA root in the current mirror. The text for the logo is
"AIIM DMware ODMA Interoperability Exchange."
- 2001-08-06-12:57 Replace ODMA logo image
- A new reduced-size image of the ODMA logo, odma-logo.gif,
is created to use so that ODMA pages load faster. This is introduced as part of the constructions structure for DMware
Mirroring. The large image is still available for downloading and
- 2001-06-03-22:37 Move Analysis Article
- The article on where's ODMA going, produced by Dennis Hamilton, is moved
to his site and is linked from this site. The residual
file is a tombstone for the benefit of anyone, including a search engine,
who may have retained a link to it.
- 2001-07-27-22:59 Reconnect Construction Structure for DMware Mirroring
- So that the ODMA section can be mirrored with the DMware section
independent of their mirroring under any given host site, the construction
structure is of the ODMA section is linked to the construction structure of
the DMware section, not of the host. This provides for mirroring of
DMware on any Web site, on a CD-ROM, or on a local file system, so long as
the DMware section and the ODMA section remain as peers under the same root.
- 2001-05-04-04:10 Touch Up for DMware Construction-Structure Consistency
- The construction structure elements are touched up to reflect the
establishment of the DMware Development Site following AIIM 2001.
- 2000-08-18-14:22 Add Projects Section
- The Projects section is added to provide more visibility and
accountability for on-going projects.
- 2000-07-10-15:58 Update ODMA Home Page
- While updating to use of the ODMA logo, the default page is also updated
to prepare for opening up of the FAQ section, with information on
- 2000-07-10-15:05 Create images folder for ODMA-specific images
- 1. An image folder was created and the AIIM ODMA logo was imported for use
as a transparent image.
2. The ODMA image is used in place of the InfoNuovo image in all areas of
the ODMA mini-web.
- 2000-06-23-19:01 Create separate FAQ
section for organization of FAQtips
- On learning that others wanted to link to this material, I concluded that
it was high time to put it where I would be keeping it for a while.
1. A new odma\faq directory was created and FAQtip
Q000600 moved there immediately, to provide a target for the proper URL.
2. The necessary changes
to clean up the support section are made.
3. The new section is populated with initial
information for continuation of work there.
- 2000-06-23-11:46 Announce ODMA Summer Bug
- The home page marquee is updated to refer to the bug hunt activity and
lead people to the expanded support information.
- 2000-06-15-15:04 Change Status Section over
to Support Subproject
- Preparing for major additions to the support of ODMA, including capture of
all known problems and change requests, I decided to rename the status
section to the support section.
1. The development-site folder was renamed using FrontPage 2000. This
change was reflected automatically in the Visual Source Safe image of the
"InfoNuovo Conclave Web" maintained on the personal web server.
2. The new support area still had its VSS contents shared with the status
section of the "InfoNuovo VServer Web" mirror. I branched
all of the files in that status section for independent modification.
3. I shared the mirror's status section back to the FrontPage web so that I
could make tombstones for this obsolete material, except for the WS_FTP log
file, which remains in the mirror only.
4. I shared the new support subproject with the VServers mirror under
VSS. This is the VSS idiom for branching and also cutting off a branch
with tombstone accounts.
5. I updated the top level material here so that all references to the
status section are replaced by corresponding references to the support
sub-project. The home page for ODMA is reworded to refer to the
support section. The InfoNuovo logo and the Hard Hat images are
removed from the title section, reflecting advancement to content rather
than early construction.
6. The new support section is edited to reflect the change of name and
location on the web site.
7. The old status section pages are edited to create tombstones that forward
visitors having old links to the new pages.
8. This much is transferred to the mirror pages and then posted to the
VServers infonuovo.com site before I commit any further damage.
- 2000-06-05-07:52 Overhaul the default page
- The provisional default page is out of date and clumsy. It is
overhauled to be friendlier and easier to navigate.
1. The background is changed to white and the "Last Updated" entry
is linked to this applicable construction-log entry.
2. The preface is updated to include this section of infonuovo.com as part
of the AIIM DMware Clearinghouse.
3. A table of contents is introduced that guides to the available materials
and separates out the intended topics as pending.
4. The index.htm page is reviewed but no changes are necessary.
5. The preface on this construction log is restated to reflect operation as
part of the AIIM DMware Clearinghouse.
- 2000-05-17-12:52 Add Status Information to ODMA Material
- A status directory was created with initial
- 1. It is linked from the home page of the ODMA section.
- 2. It is given a minimal structure to receive further additions as made as
status information is captured and transcribed to pages of this site.
3. A banner announcing recent reports of a critical problem is added to the
ODMA home page and linked to the status home page.
- 2000-05-17-12:18 Clean up ODMA top level
- As part of linking in the downloads area, I noticed some cleanups needed
in preparation for also adding a status area and a support area. There
will also be a projects folder for on-going projects, proposed projects,
1. The small table-of-contents on the default page is updated to reflect
availability of software for download and also for availability of status
2. I noticed that the e-mail address for orcmid also
needed to be updated in all construction pages here for reference to the
primary infonuovo email address.
3. I reviewed the spelling checks for this page and made corrections and
added items to the dictionary of FrontPage 2000.
4. I noticed that I have been careless about making references to
directories from construction pages (index.htm and construction.htm).
These pages should always refer to the index.htm or construction.htm when
making a shortcut to another project. That is because these pages are
always about the construction structure and they must always link to other
construction structures. No other pages in another project or
directory are ever guaranteed to be present while major construction
operations are occurring). I corrected that in the odma project tree.
- 2000-05-16-23:02 Create Downloads Area
- 1. The downloads area is added. It provides
for downloading, via the Web, all of the current ODMA 2.0 materials.
2. The approved version of the specification, the ODMA 2.0 SDK, and the
source code corresponding to the components in the ODMA 2.0 SDK are provided
as the initial downloads. These files are posted so that problems
reported with Corel WordPerfect and Windows 2000 can be analyzed and
repaired as appropriate.
- 2000-05-07-13:30 Tidy up construction log spacing
- 1. In testing the changes made in the VServers upload area, I noticed that
some of the blocks of text in the construction log are not separated when
viewed in IE5.0. An HTML <br> break at the end of a paragraph is
ignored. I replaced the ones I wanted to leave white space with new
(empty) <dt> entries.
2. There is an anomaly in when new dates are given to files in VSS.
When I changed just a property on an image and added a version-control
label, the default.htm was not recognized as changed, and it kept its old
date in VSS. I got around this by making checking out the file, which
has all the changes, just not the date, making some visible changes of no
particular merit, and checked the file back in again!
- 2000-05-07-13:20 Tidy up default.htm
- 1. Corrected the Hard Hat image to have no border
2. Added Revision number to construction information at the bottom of the
- 2000-04-13-07:17 Post AIIM 2000 Content Expansion
- 1. Correct construction structure to have correct linkage from default.htm
through to this construction log, and beyond.
2. Update Construction status to reflect potential restructuring as DMware
3. The Microsoft Image Composer intermediate between the Visio and the GIF
diagrams used on the analysis page is included in the construction
description and the MIC version is also shared on the VServers
- 2000-02-06-16:16 Add Construction Log
- 1. I created this construction log and adjusted
index.htm so that this directory follows
the project construction structure that I am imposing on the entire site. The first
complete pass will be for the basic directories descending from the home page, in
preparation for posting a completed DMware project area for the first time on VServers
(usurping the DMAware project that is there already).
2. I am beginning to anticipate how ODMA coverage will be factored into the
site and DMware site, but haven't anything to create at this point. I just want to
get the top level of infonuovo.com construction structure accurately connected for now.
- 0.02 2008-04-26-08:54 Convert to Construction
- This becomes part of the current approach to construction structure,
with the construction zone carrying a map to its superior and subordinate
construction zones and its place in the construction structure. The
historical materials are updated to be consistent with the current
- 0.01 2004-11-18-10:17 Cutover to Construction Zone
- The use of the diary & job jar format for construction work items and
the notion of construction zones is introduced.
- 0.00 2000-06-23-19:01 Original Construction Page
- The original construction page carried the change history for what would
later be termed the front porch construction. Some of the history was
filled in retroactively.