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Document Services Community Group

Document services are client-local, on-prem, or remote services upon documents, portions of documents, or selections of document content. Examples of document services include: spellchecking, grammar checking, proofreading, fact checking, mathematical proof checking, reasoning checking, argumentation checking, and narrative checking. The Document Services Community Group intends to, in coordination with other groups, create a general-purpose architecture, API's, and protocols for both free and paid-subscription-based document services to convenience document service providers and to equip and empower end-users who will be able to make use of multiple document services simultaneously to better author and review documents.


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Call for Participation in Document Services Community Group

The Document Services Community Group has been launched:

Document services are a generalization over services for documents such as: spelling checking, grammar checking, proofreading, fact checking, and mathematical proof and argumentation checking. Document services are relevant to both document authoring and document reviewing scenarios.

Imagine being able to check, in real-time, if a document has any informational, warning, or error messages with respect to its factuality or any steps of its reasoning. Tools for authoring and reviewing documents, in these regards, would be useful across sectors, across industry, academia, military, and government, with specific applicability to journalism, encyclopedias, digital textbooks, and science.

This community group will discuss document services and explore standardization, in cooperation with other groups, towards facilitating document services.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2021-01-24 by Adam Sobieski. The following people supported its creation: Adam Sobieski, Larry Masinter, Ed Summers, Carl Mattocks, JindÅ™ich Kolman. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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