Technical Team/Minutes/2015-11-03

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November 3, 2015


  • Gary O'Neall
  • Yev Bronshteyn
  • Bill Schineller
  • Kate Stewart
  • Scott Sterling
  • Hassib Khanafir


  • Proposal located at
  • Resolved snippet ID format
  • Resolved external document reference
  • Discussion on Name
    • In SPDXElement. Snippet is a subclass of SPDXElement which would imply name is a required property.
    • Proposal, make name optional at the SPDXElement level and add it in to SPDX Snippet spec
    • Alternative proposal to fix ontology class hierarchy to not require name in all cases
  • Bytes mandatory and lines are optional - all agreed
  • Bytes ranges - start at 1 or 0
    • Based on programming languages, would prefer 0
    • The RDF standard states 1
    • Agree to start at 1 - resolved
    • Add a comment to describe why we are starting at 1
  • Generally fixed up examples and cleaned up document
  • Snippet copyright - should it be included if it is the same as the file copyright?
    • Generally, yes - to be consistent with treatment of copyrights in other parts of the spec
    • Can be no-assertion
    • Should be documented in a best practice - Yev agreed to draft a best practice
  • Remaining open items for Snippets:
    • Name - proposal to make it optional, alternative includes not including a name in the snippet and changing the RDF model to be consistent.
    • Review snippet comment.