MarkDown conversion of specification live on SPDX GitHub

Thomas Steenbergen


Hi all,


Wanted to let you all know that after several months in the making I pushed my MarkDown conversion of the SPDX specification 2.1 to




·         Working on GitHub and using MarkDown should make it easier for people to contribute either via Git, editing files online or by filling issue

·         Specification now be build as HTML, PDF, ePUB or Mobipocket

·         HTML version is now mobile friendly and PDF has a table of contents

·         Every change on master branch is automatically build and deployed as HTML to (using Travis CI)



·         Simplified lay-out as MarkDown has some limitations compared to Google Docs. See for example table of contents – no section included due not being able to directly link to sections within different chapters


To Do

·         Write  - explain to contributors how they can participate in shaping future version of the specification. Propose we discuss best workflow in the next call.

·         Minor issues - broken links, lay-out issues or spelling mistakes in original specification

·         Introduce workaround for MarkDown shortcomings in HTML version

·         Automate publishing of PDF, ePUB, Mobipocket to GitHub Releases for a new version of specification

·         Upgrade to GitBook 4.x when it becomes available


All fixes will be made on the development/2.1.1 branch. If you find something feel free to send me an email or raise an issue.




Thomas Steenbergen

Principal Engineer Open Source Governance and Policy


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