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Subject: OASIS Call for Participation: OAXAL

To:  OASIS members & interested parties

   A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Open Architecture
for XML Authoring and Localization Reference Model (OAXAL) Technical Committee
has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below.  The proposal, below,
meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [a]. The TC name, statement of
purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the
proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology
for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may
occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

   This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b]. The eligibility
requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see
details below) are that:

   (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual
member of OASIS;
   (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c];
   (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 7
days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join this
TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and
   (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed

Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and the TC
welcomes all interested parties.

   Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS
[c]. In addition, the public may access the information resources maintained for
each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility,
which will be linked from the TC's public home page at [d].

   Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists.
OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback.



Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org 

[a] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php
[b] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php  
[c] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/ 
[d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=oaxal

OASIS Open Architecture for XML Authoring and Localization Reference Model

(1)(a) The name of the TC, such name not to have been previously used for an
OASIS TC and not to include any trademarks or service marks not owned by OASIS.
The proposed TC name is subject to TC Administrator approval and may not include
any misleading or inappropriate names. The proposed name must specify any
acronyms or abbreviations of the name that shall be used to refer to the TC.

OASIS Open Architecture for XML Authoring and Localization Reference Model
(OAXAL) Technical Committee

(1)(b) A statement of purpose, including a definition of the problem to be

OAXAL represents a method to exploit technical documentation assets by extending
the usefulness of core XML-related standards in a comprehensive Open Standards
based architecture.

The OAXAL allows system builders to create an integrated environment for
document creation and localization, with reference to the following
international standards:
. W3C ITS - an XML vocabulary that defines translatability rules for a given
XMLdocument type.
* xml:tm - XML-based text memory, a LISA OSCAR standard for author and
translation memory
* SRX - Segmentation Rules eXchange, an XML vocabulary defining segmentation
rules for each language.
* GMX - Global Information Management Metrics Exchange, a LISA OSCAR standard
for word and character count and metrics exchange.
* TMX - Translation Memory eXchange, a LISA OSCAR standard for exchanging
translation memories.
* Unicode TR29 - primary Unicode standard defining word and sentence boundaries.
* DITA - Darwin Information Typing Architecture, an OASIS standard for component
based XML publishing
* XLIFF - XML Localization Interchange File Format, an OASIS standard for
exchanging localization data

The OAXAL TC will deliver an Open Architecture for XML Authoring and
Localization Reference Model. This Reference Model will demonstrate the
integration of the standards listed above to present a complete automated
package from authoring through translation; additional standards also may be
added by the TC, such as DocBook, XHTML, and SVG, and the TC may elect not to
include (or to make optional) any of the standards listed above that prove, upon
review, not to be feasible or useful to integrate in its profiles. Authors are
provided with a systematic way to identify and store all previously authored

Authors are encouraged to reuse existing sentences; such sentences are likely to
have been previously translated, providing a means to increase translation
matches. Once the Reference Model has been delivered, the TC may consider
appropriate follow-up, including the creation of subcommittees, promotional
material, liaisons or other promulgation of the TC's work, in order to promote
the use of the OAXAL Reference Model in specific OAXAL implementations, in
particular for vertical industries. 

(1)(c) The scope of the work of the TC, which must be germane to the mission of
OASIS, and which includes a definition of what is and what is not the work of
the TC, and how it can be determined when the work of the TC has been completed.
The scope may reference a specific contribution of existing work as a starting
point, but other contributions may be made by TC Members on or after the first
meeting of the TC. Such other contributions shall be considered by the TC
Members on an equal basis to improve the original starting point contribution. 

The TC will:
. deliver an Open Architecture for XML Authoring and Localization Reference
Model and, if it elects, ancillary materials as described under "purpose" above.
. allow the commission of sub-committees to create specialized OAXAL models for
vertical industries or technology families.
. propose usage and implementation guidelines for creating specializations of
the reference model, whether as a formal methodology or as best practice

Benefits of OAXAL

OAXAL offers the following benefits:
. Supports the DITA topic-oriented architecture
. Supports content reuse among different deliverables
. Supports author memory repository at the sentence level
. Encourages consistency in authoring
. Enhances the reuse of translation memory
. Reduces translation cost and time
. Automates a heretofore manual process

(1)(d) A list of deliverables, with projected completion dates.

1. Reference Model: completion date in twenty-four months from formation of this
2. Specializations of the Reference Model, possibly including reference
architectures, for vertical industries, technology families or other special
interest groups: optional.

(1)(e) Specification of the IPR Mode under which the TC will operate. 

RF on Limited Terms.

(1)(f) The anticipated audience or users of the work.

Anyone involved in the design, documentation or implementation of XML-based
Structured Authoring Localization systems or components thereof, regardless of
the standards body under which the work is sanctioned.

(1)(g) The language in which the TC shall conduct business.


(2) Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC, which includes:
(2)(a) Identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other
OASIS TCs or by other organizations, why there is a need for another effort in
this area and how this proposed TC will be different, and what level of liaison
will be pursued with these other organizations.

OAXAL comprises the following Open Standards from the relevant Standards

. ITS - Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 1.0 (03 April 2007). Status:
W3C Recommendation. Purpose: ITS is designed to be used with schemas to support
the internationalization and localization of schemas and documents.

. xml:tm - XML Text Memory (xml:tm) Version 1.0 (26 February 2007). Status: LISA
OSCAR Standard. Purpose: xml:tm is a vocabulary to store text memory information
within an XML document using the XML namespace syntax.
. SRX - Segmentation Rules eXchange (SRX) Version 1.0 (20 April 2004). Status:
LISA OSCAR Standard (version 2.0 currently under review). Purpose: SRX is an
XML-based standard for description of the ways in which translation and other
language-processing tools segment text for processing.
. TMX - Translation Memory eXchange format (TMX) Version 1.4b (26 April 2005).
Status: LISA OSCAR Standard (version 2.0 currently under review). Purpose:  TMX
provides a standard method for describing translation memory data that is being
exchanged among tools and/or translation vendors, while introducing little or no
loss of critical data during the process.
. GMX - Global Information Management Metrics eXchange Volume (GMX-V) Version
1.0 (26 February 2007). Status: LISA OSCAR Standard. Purpose: GMX-V defines the
metrics that allow for the unambiguous sizing of a given Global Information
Management task. GMX-V is one of the tripartite Global Information Management
standards which encompass volume (GMX-V), complexity (GMX-C) and quality (GMXQ).
GMX-V addresses the issue of quantifying the workload for a given localization
or translation task.

. Unicode Technical Report #29, Text Boundaries forms an integral part of the
Unicode Standard, but is published online as a separate document. Current
Version 5.0.0 (12 October 2006). Status: Unicode Technical Report (Version 5.1.1
currently under review). Purpose: Unicode TR#29 Describes guidelines for
determining default boundaries between certain significant text elements:
grapheme clusters ("user perceived characters"), words, and sentences.

. XLIFF - XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) Version 1.2 (24 July
2007). Status OASIS Standard. Purpose: XLIFF defines a vocabulary to store
localizable data and carry it from one step of the localization process to the
other, while allowing interoperability between tools.
. DITA - Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version v1.1 (1 August
2007). Status OASIS Standard. Purpose: DITA defines both a) a set of document
types for authoring and organizing topic-oriented information; and b) a set of
mechanisms for combining and extending document types using a process called

(2)(b) The date, time, and location of the first meeting, whether it will be
held in person or by phone, and who will sponsor this first meeting. The first
meeting of a TC shall occur no less than 30 days after the announcement of its
formation in the case of a telephone or other electronic meeting, and no less
than 45 days after the announcement of its formation in the case of a
face-to-face meeting.
Proposed Date: 14 July 2008 11 am

(2)(c) The projected on-going meeting schedule for the year following the
formation of the TC, or until the projected date of the final deliverable,
whichever comes first, and who will be expected to sponsor these meetings. 
The TC will meet bi-weekly unless decided otherwise by the TC. 
The TC will use a free conference call service.

(2)(d) The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at
least Minimum Membership who support this proposal and are committed to the
Charter and projected meeting schedule.
JoAnn Hackos - joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com - ComTech Services Inc
Andrzej Zydron - azydron@xml-intl.com - Associate
Tony Jewtushenko - tony.jewtushenko@productinnovator.com - Associate
Arle Lommel - arle@lisa.org - Localization Industry Standards Assoc. (LISA)
Mavis Cournane - mcournane@cognitran.com - Cognitran
Bryan Schnabel - bryan.s.schnabel@tek.com - Individual
Rodolfo Raya - rmraya@maxprograms.com - Associate

(2)(e) The name of the Convener who must be an Eligible Person. 
Andrzej Zydron

(2)(f) The name of the Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate, if

(2)(g) Optionally, a list of contributions of existing technical work that the
proposers anticipate will be made to this TC.
To be provided at a later date.

(2)(h) Optionally, a draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding
the planned scope of the TC, for posting on the TC's website.
To be provided at a later date.

(2)(i) Optionally, a proposed working title and acronym for the specification(s)
to be developed by the TC.
Open Architecture for XML Authoring and Localization Reference Model (OAXAL-RM)

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