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Subject: Re: [chairs] report on grumblings from some TCs

     Good morning Rex.
     If the concern is that we're not getting public reviews launched fast 
enough once a TC has formally requested it, we agree.  That is why we put 
some specific response-time and service-level commitments into place 
earlier this month.  See 
     We also changed our rules last year to increase the technical 
requirements associated with specs -- things such as compliance with 
templates and the provision of final prints for review in some specified 
file formats -- see, for example, 
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php#2.18.   Frankly, the 
number of submissions that came in 'ready for review' without meeting those 
requirements increased.  In which case some amount of feedback and 
correction must occur.  (While most of these form requirements in the rules 
technically apply to all committee specs at any level, as a practical 
matter the staff often only sees and filters them for the first time when 
they're proposed for public review.)  It's my guess that the degree of 
delay caused by noncompliance will decrease with time.
     However, none of that takes away from the need for predictable 
turn-around time.  In the case of public review submissions that is posting 
or rejection within 5 business days of receipt to the address 
[tc-admin@oasis-open.org].   The first priority for my colleague Mary 
McRae's time is to execute on those turn-around times, as described in more 
detail is included in that 7 February message linked above.
     We also asked in that message for comments on those deadlines,  and 
they're still welcome.  One early one is that many users would prefer 
'calendar day' instead of 'business day' deadlines.  We plan to make that 
change once we've spooled a few more comments.  Most of those SLA deadlines 
are procedural service commitments from staff, not enacted rules, so we can 
adjust them in response to early feedback.
     Thanks for your feedback.  Regards  Jamie

~   James Bryce Clark
~   Director, Standards Development, OASIS
~   jamie.clark@oasis-open.org

At 09:11 AM 2/16/2006, Rex Brooks wrote:
>Hi Folks,
>Since I span several TCs, SCs and do the chair or co-chair honors on a 
>couple, while restricting myself to regular voting membership on others, I 
>wanted to report that I am hearing, and personally noticing some slight 
>dissatisfaction in the timeliness of moving specs into * * * public review 
>* * *

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