Previously, some groups would send text files with some information, other groups would send PDF or MSWord files with other information, still more groups wouldn't send any release notes at all.
The principles of the new release notes format are:
- easy to write
- target the audience
- document change (only)
- information related to this release of this product
- easy to read (audience targeting again)
- A set of value pairs that will show information like product name, release number, list of developers, etc.
- Descriptions for super-system impact, changes to the product, changes to perform to OS, DB or release procedures.