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Subject: (ANN) Election Markup Language Version 7.0 approved and published as a Committee Specification

OASIS Members,

We are pleased to announce the approval and publication of an OASIS
Committee Specification by the members of the OASIS Election and Voter
Services TC:

Election Markup Language (EML) Specification Version 7.0
Committee Specification 01
27 October 2011

This document describes the background and purpose of the Election
Markup Language, the electoral processes from which it derives its
structure and the security and audit mechanisms it is designed to
support.  It also provides an explanation of the core schemas used
throughout, definitions of the simple and complex datatypes, plus the
EML schemas themselves. It also covers the conventions used in the
specification and the use of namespaces, as well as guidance on the
constraints, extensibility, and splitting of messages.

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source:

XML schemas:

XML Dictionary and spreadsheet artifacts:

Distribution ZIP files
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:


Members of the OASIS Election and Voter Services TC [1] requested a
Special Majority Vote to approve this specification as a Committee
Specification. The specification had been released for public review
as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve at Committee
Specification (CS) level passed [3], and the approved CS01 is now
available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone.

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

[1] OASIS Election and Voter Services TC

[2] Public reviews:
30-day public review, 18 August 2011:

[3] CS ballot

Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration
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