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Subject: Proposed Charter for OASIS UOML TC

To OASIS Members:

  A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the Unstructured Operations
Markup Language (UOML) Technical Committee. In accordance with the OASIS TC
Process Policy section 2.2
(http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php#2.2) the proposed charter is
hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall remain open until 11:45
pm ET on 26 December 2006. 

  OASIS maintains a mailing list for the purpose of submitting comments on
proposed charters. Any OASIS member may post to this list by sending email to:
All messages will be publicly archived at: 
Members who wish to receive emails must join the group by selecting "join group"
on the group home page:
Employees of organizational members do not require primary representative
approval to subscribe to the oasis-charter-discuss e-mail.

  A telephone conference will be held among the Convener, the OASIS TC
Administrator, and those proposers who wish to attend within four days of the
close of the comment period. The announcement and call-in information will be
noted on the OASIS Charter Discuss Group Calendar.

  We encourage member comment and ask that you note the name of the proposed TC
(UOML) in the subject line of your email message. 


Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090
OASIS Symposium:
"eBusiness and Open Standards: 
Understanding the Facts, Fiction, and Future"
15-18 April 2007 San Diego, CA USA




OASIS Unstructured Operation Markup Language (UOML) Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this TC is to create an open, XML-based operation standard for
unstructured documents.  The Unstructured Operation Markup Language
specification will define an XML schema for universal document operations. The
schema is suitable for operating printable documents, including create, view,
modify, and query information, that can be printed on paper, e.g. books,
magazine, newspaper, office documents, maps, drawings, blueprints, but is not
restricted to these kinds of documents. There are several commercial and free
applications available based on the current draft of UOML cited below, with more
currently under development.


The resulting specification must meet the following requirements:
   *  It must be suitable for printable documents.
   *  It must define universal operations to these documents, including create,
view, modify, query and retrieve.
   *  It must be compatible with the W3C Extensible Markup Language
(XML) v1.0 and W3C Namespaces in XML v1.0 specifications,
   *  It must process layout-based information suitable for presenting the
   *  It must be friendly to document related applications.
   *  It must be cross-platform and program language independent.

The existing UOML.org XML format specification was developed to meet the above
criteria.  It is anticipated that it will be contributed to the TC as a starting
point for its work.  A standard for document operation will be of great utility
to many users and software companies developing applications, and should be made
available as soon as possible.


The work of this TC has been divided in[to]whiletwo phases:

1.  In the first phase, the TC will review and adapt proven and established
constructs so that the resulting specification can satisfy the immediate needs
of many users, as well as serve as a base for future, less restricted
development.  The work of this TC in the first phase will concentrate on the
following areas:

   *  establishing a mechanism and policy for extensions, preferably relying on
XML namespaces,
   *  establishing a set of 'core' elements and attributes to be supported by
all implementations,
   *  incorporating feedback from early adopters of the contributed input
specification and fixing technical problems that may have been uncovered, and
   *  ensuring that the resulting specification and documentation are consistent
and of high quality.

The TC will issue a first working draft of the UOML specification by March 31,

2. In the second phase, this TC will maintain and extend the specification
delivered in Phase 1 to encompass additional areas of applications or users,
which may also include adapting the specification to recent developments.  The
work of this TC in the second phase will additionally allow for the following

   *  enabling additional areas of application,
   *  exploring new or experimental ideas for document operation, and
   *  extending the expressiveness of the operation.

The TC will aim to deliver the second draft as a Committee Draft by August 31,
2007 and to submit it for balloting by OASIS membership as an OASIS Standard.
The TC also may choose to submit completed and approved work to other
organizations in accordance with the OASIS Liaison Policy, while retaining the
responsibility for the maintenance of its specifications.
Each of the drafts will include a set of XML schemas setting the vocabulary,
constraints and semantics of each operation in question, and a set of written
specifications that describe the elements and attributes of the schemas in plain
English.  The TC may deliver additional Committee Drafts approximately once per

Anticipated audience:

The anticipated audience for this work includes, but is not restricted to:

    *  makers of document related applications;
    *  Docbase providers; and
    *  Other specification writers that need document operations or parts of it.


The TC shall conduct its proceedings in English.

IPR Mode

The TC will operate under the RAND Mode under the OASIS IPR Policy.

Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC

Related and similar work

Developers and users of office application and document formatting
specifications such as the OASIS OpenDocument Format ("ODF") may find UOML
useful.  However, UOML addresses a different set of functions.  The proposed
UOML specification will operate on layout-based formatting information, rather
than content-based formatting information (such as ODF).  UOML will limit its
functions to abstracting data from paper form, and defines an operation
interface, rather than a file storage format.

Anticipated contributions

It is expected that the existing UOML specification will be contributed to the
TC by Sursen Co., along with possible additional contributions from HanWang
Technology Co., TRS Information Technology Co., Redflag Chinese 2000 Software
Co., and the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Proposed working title

UOML specification

Proposed date, time, and location of first TC meeting

Date:  February 6, 2007 [*subject to confirmation*]
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern U.S.
Duration:  2 Hours
Mode: Teleconference
Telephone: To be decided prior to the first meeting
Sponsor: Sursen Co.

On-going schedule

Bi-weekly 90 Minute teleconferences sponsored by Sursen Co.


Fang Gu, fanggmy@126.com, Changfeng Alliance 
Andy Lee, javola@vip.sina.com,  Changfeng Alliance 
Charles H Schulz, charles-h.schulz@arsaperta.com., Ars Aperta 
Alex Wang, dlwang@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Liwei Wang, wangliwei@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Bo Yan, yanbo@sursen.com, Sursen Co.


Alex Wang, CEO of Sursen Co., dlwang@sursen.com


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