Metanorma for OGC document attributes

Document type and stage


Document attributes listed below are unique to the processing of OGC documents in Metanorma.

For common document attributes, see Document attributes reference in general Metanorma author’s documentation. That page describes attributes that apply to all Metanorma flavors, not just OGC.

For an introduction to Metanorma AsciiDoc document attributes and how Metanorma uses them, see the corresponding topic.


The standard abbreviation of the document, used e.g. in URIs


Mandatory. Document type. Choices:

  • standard: Standard (a document subtype is necessary, see [ogc-docsubtype]) (default)

  • abstract-specification-topic: Abstract Specification

  • best-practice: Best Practice (a document subtype is necessary, see [ogc-docsubtype])

  • change-request-supporting-document: Change Request Supporting Document

  • community-practice: Community Practice

  • community-standard: Community Standard

  • discussion-paper: Discussion Paper

  • engineering-report: Engineering Report

  • other: Note, Primer, etc.

  • policy: Policy, Policy — Name Type Specification

  • reference-model: Reference Model

  • release-notes: Release Notes

  • test-suite: Test Suite

  • user-guide: User Guide

  • white-paper: White Paper


Document subtype. Choices:

  • For doctype set to standard:

    • implementation: Implementation (default)

    • conceptual-model: Conceptual model

    • conceptual-model-and-encoding: Conceptual model and encoding

    • conceptual-model-and-implementation: Conceptual model and implementation

    • encoding: Encoding

    • extension: Extension

    • profile: Profile

    • profile-with-extension: Profile with extension

  • For doctype set to best-practice:

    • general: General (default)

    • encoding: Encoding

    • extension: Extension

    • profile: Profile

    • profile-with-extension: Profile with extension


Document status/stage. Synonym: :docstage:. Choices:

  • swg-draft: SWG Draft. This is the draft created after the TC approval and PC approval votes.

  • oab-review: OAB Review. This is the intended draft for the “OAB + OGC-NA Review”.

  • public-rfc: Public RFC. This is the draft for the (30 days) public comment period.

  • tc-vote: TC Vote. This is the intended draft for the TC adoption and PC adoption votes.

  • approved: Published. This is the document intended to be published, after comments are handled with the TC chair (after tc-vote). published is allowed as a synonym of approved [added in].

  • deprecated: Deprecated. This document has been deprecated.

  • retired: Retired. This document has been retired and no longer considered normative.


The version number of the document. Dot-delimited, consists of a major version number, a minor version number, and an optional patch version number; e.g. 2.3.1: major version 2, minor version 3, patch version 1.


Comma-delimited list of the keywords associated with the document.


Abbreviations are sometimes used to designate that a document has a certain document type, document subtype and document stage. This is a mapping from legacy OGC document values to the current normalized list:

“AS” Abstract Specification

Now :doctype: abstract-specification-topic.

“BP” Best Practice

Now :doctype: best-practice.

“CAN” Candidate Standard

Now :doctype: standard and :docstage: swg-draft.

“CC” Conformance Class

Not a standalone document, but a part of a document with :doctype: standard. No longer exists.

“CR” Change Request

Now :doctype: change-request-supporting-document; the actual Change Request is a database entry.

“CS” Community Standard

Now :doctype: community-standard.

“CP” Community Practice

Now :doctype: community-practice.

“DP” Discussion Paper

Now :doctype: discussion-paper.

“DP-Draft” Draft Discussion Paper

Now :doctype: discussion-paper with :docstage: swg-draft.

“IPR” Interoperability Program Report — Engineering Specification

Now :doctype: engineering-report.

“IS” Implementation Standard

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: implementation.

“ISC” Implementation Standard Corrigendum

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: implementation (TBD to indicate corrigendum).

“ISx” Extension Package Standard

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: extension.

“Notes” Notes

Now :doctype: other, there is no specific type for “Notes”.

“ORM” OGC Reference Model

Now :doctype: reference-model.

“PC” Profile Corrigendum

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: profile (TBD to indicate corrigendum).

“PER” Public Engineering Report

Now :doctype: engineering-report.

“POL” Policy

Now :doctype: policy.

“POL-NTS” Policy — Name Type Specification

Now :doctype: engineering-report, there is no specific indication for “NTS”.

“Primer” Primer

Now :doctype: other, there is no specific type for “Primer”.

“Profile” Profile

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: profile.

“RFC” Request for Comment

Now :doctype: standard and :docstage: public-rfc.

“Retired” Retired document

This is a document stage indicated :docstage: retired.

“SAP” Standard Application Profile

Now :doctype: standard, :docsubtype: profile.


Test Suite (TBD)

“WhitePaper” Whitepaper

Now :doctype: white-paper.

Author info


Mandatory. Name of relevant committee producing the document. Use one of:

  • technical: Technical Committee

  • planning: Planning Committee

  • strategic-member-advisory: Strategic Member Advisory Committee


The type of the relevant subcommittee producing the document.


The number of the relevant subcommittee producing the document.


Mandatory. Name of relevant working group producing the document.


Type of the relevant workgroup producing the document.


Number of the relevant workgroup producing the document.


Semicolon-delimited list of the submitting organizations for this document. The organization names themselves may contain commas.

EXAMPLE: University of Calgary, Canada; National Central University, Taiwan


Same as :fullname: alongside :role: specified as editor.

URIs and IDs


External identifier referring to this document. If not supplied, a default value is generated:{abbrevation of doctype}/{abbrev}/{version}. (Version is omitted if not provided. If :abbrev: and :doctype: are not provided, the default value is not generated.


Identifier embedded into a document type-specific external URL.


URI of previous version of the document.


The document number assigned to the OGC document (without the “OGC” prefix).

The number is formulated following the following rules:

  • The final two digits of the year are used at the start of the number (YY).

  • A three digit number is assigned sequentially for each document in the year (NNN).

  • The first edition of a document has the document number YY-NNN; for example, 00-027 is OGC document 027 first published in 2000.

  • Minor editorial changes and corrigenda do not result in a change to the document number

  • The YY-NNN identifier for a document (the document number root) is maintained if the document undergoes content changes (revisions). These revisions are numbered sequentially, and are indicated with r followed by the revision number. So 05-020r27 is revision 27 of OGC document 020 first published in 2005. (Revision 27 may appear years later than 2005.)

  • A new major version of a document receives a new document number, including likely a new year.

Mapping to OGC legacy AsciiDoc

Metanorma-OGC permits legacy OGC AsciiDoc template attributes, and are treated as synonyms of the corresponding Metanorma attributes:

OGC Metanorma AsciiDoc OGC legacy AsciiDoc













:fullname:, with :role: = editor