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Subject: Invitation to comment on Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3 - ends Oct. 25th

OASIS members and other interested parties,

OASIS and the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC are pleased to announce that Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3 is now available for public review and comment.

The OpenDocument Format is an open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements. OpenDocument Format v1.3 is an update to the international standard Version 1.2, which was approved by the International Organizations for Standardization (ISO) as ISO/IEC 26300 (2015). OpenDocument Format v1.3 includes improvements for document security, clarifies underspecifications and makes other timely improvements.

The OpenDocument Format specifies the characteristics of an open XML-based application-independent and platform-independent digital document file format, as well as the characteristics of software applications which read, write and process such documents. It is applicable to document authoring, editing, viewing, exchange and archiving, including text documents, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, drawings, charts and similar documents commonly used by personal productivity software applications.

How to review:

To ensure the most accurate visual representations of this extensive and complex specification, the OpenDocument TC recommends that reviewers use either the PDF versions of the specification, or the editable source (ODT), while using a recent version of OpenDocument Format editing software. The included HTML versions are known to include some discrepancies in their representations of multi-level lists, but are otherwise accurate. Due to the large number of images, the HTML versions are best viewed locally after downloading the ZIP file noted below.

The documents and related files are available here:

Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
26 August 2019

Part 1: Introduction
Editable source (Authoritative):

Part 2: Packages
Editable source (Authoritative):

Part 3: OpenDocument Schema
Editable source (Authoritative):

Part 4: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format
Editable source (Authoritative):

XML schemas and ontologies: https://docs.oasis-open.org/office/OpenDocument/v1.3/csprd01/schemas/

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the specification document and any related files in ZIP distribution files. You can download the ZIP file at:

How to Provide Feedback

OASIS and the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC value your feedback. We solicit input from developers, users and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

The TC states that Open Document Format is now committed to a two-year release cycle, so if your previously-submitted issue wasn't included in v1.3, please note that changes for v1.4 close June, 2020. Proposed changes with complete proposals are given first priority.

The public review starts 26 September 2019 at 00:00 UTC and ends 25 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be used by following the instructions on the TC's "Send A Comment" page (https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=office).

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, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [1] applicable especially [2] 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 information about the specification and the OpenDocument TC can be found at the TC's public home page:


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[1] https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[2] https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/office/ipr.php
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