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Subject: 30-day Public Review for Election Markup Language (EML) SpecificationVersion 7.0

The OASIS Election and Voter Services TC [1] members have recently
approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this
specification for 30-day public review:

Election Markup Language (EML) Specification Version 7.0
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
04 July 2011

Specification Overview:
EML is a standard for the structured interchange among hardware,
software, and service providers who engage in any aspect of providing
election or voter services to public or private organizations.

The changes from EML v6.0 that this new version introduces are as follows:

•	updates applied to match requirements for the USA's UOCAVA (Uniform
and Overseas Citizens Assistance in Voting Act) application;
•	updates applied to match new requirements from the Australia
Election Commission;
•	update to the dSig schema for latest W3C 2002/2008 specification;
•	update external reference from xNAL v3.0 to xNAL v4.0;
•	new Conformance criteria.

TC Description:
The E&VS Techncial Committee has worked very closely with the IEEE
P1622 committee over this new release and aligning the needs of the
USA's UOCAVA (Uniform and Overseas Citizens Assistance in Voting Act)
application. We will continue to work with them, and any other
jurisdiction, to ensure EML meets the global needs of e-enabled

Public Review Period:
The public review starts today, 18 August 2011 and ends 14 September 2011.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from
potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not,
for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its
technical work.

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source:

Other specification artifacts:
This prose specification is one component of a Work Product which also includes:

XML schemas:

XML Dictionary and spreadsheet artifacts:

ZIP distribution file (complete):
For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose
specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can
download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about the specification and the OASIS Election
and Voter Services TC may be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of
the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the button
labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home, or directly


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work
of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback
License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same
obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In
connection with this public review of Election Markup Language (EML)
Specification Version 7.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR
Policy [2] applicable especially [3] to the work of this technical
committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this
document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and
availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license
rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any
persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be
essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that
notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Election and Voter Services TC


[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/election/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration
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