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OASIS welcomes input for "ODF-Next"

The OASIS ODF Technical Committee invites you to help define the feature set of the next revision of ODF to follow version 1.2. Help us take "ODF-Next" to a higher stage of document evolution. Be creative. Push the envelope. Be provocative. Change the paradigm. Start a revolution. The only limits on our vision are our own.

The OASIS ODF Technical Committee has recently finalized the approval of technical proposals which will be included in ODF 1.2. After these proposals are integrated into the ODF 1.2 draft and remaining editorial tasks are completed, the draft specification will be sent on for Public Review (hopefully before the end of April) and then finally onto a ballot for approval as an OASIS Standard.

Concurrent with these final stages of ODF 1.2 work -- which may take several months -- the ODF TC wishes to start a public conversation related to the technical contents of "ODF-Next", the provisional name for the next major version of ODF. The ODF TC has created the ODF Requirements Subcommittee, chaired by Bob Jolliffe, to gather, categorize and prioritize proposals for ODF-Next, and to report back to the ODF TC with recommendations.

The target for this report is May 1st, 2009.

We wish to start gathering proposals now, from TC members, from the OASIS community, from ODF implementers, government, academia, and from the public at large. What features should be added? What capabilities do we need? Where do we want to take ODF next? We want you to think broadly and boldly on where we can take this standard in the next major revision.

Some things to keep in mind:

1.      The more detail you can provide in the proposal, the better. If a specific change is requested, please give section references relative to the ODF standard.

2.      All proposals must be submitted to the ODF TC's public comment list according to these instructions:

3.    Please indicate "Requirement" as part of the subject line of your post, and follow the template given here:

4.     All proposals previously submitted to the ODF TC's public comment list will automatically be considered for ODF-Next. There is no need to resubmit an idea if it was already previously submitted.

5. Although contributions are welcome at any time, if you want your ideas to be included in the ODF-Next Requirements report, your proposals must be received by March 31st, 2009.

The ODF TC welcomes and looks forward to your contributions! Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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