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Subject: Invitation to comment on Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3 - ends April 12th

The specification, defining a free, open document file format for office applications, enters the 60-day public review that precedes the call for consent as an OASIS Standard [6].

OASIS members and other interested parties,

OASIS and the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC [1] are pleased to announce that Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3 Committee Specification 02 is now available for public review and comment in preparation of the call for consent as an OASIS Standard.

The OpenDocument Format is a free, 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 Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO/IEC 26300 (2015). OpenDocument Format v1.3 includes improvements for document security, clarifies under-specified components, 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.

The TC has received 3 Statements of Use from The Document Foundation, CIB labs GmbH, and Collabora Productivity [3].

The candidate specification and related files are available here:

Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3
Committee Specification 02
30 October 2020

Part 1: Introduction
https://docs.oasis-open.org/office/OpenDocument/v1.3/cs02/part1-introduction/OpenDocument-v1.3-cs02-part1-introduction.odt (Authoritative)

Part 2: Packages:
https://docs.oasis-open.org/office/OpenDocument/v1.3/cs02/part2-packages/OpenDocument-v1.3-cs02-part2-packages.odt (Authoritative)

Part 3: OpenDocument Schema:
https://docs.oasis-open.org/office/OpenDocument/v1.3/cs02/part3-schema/OpenDocument-v1.3-cs02-part3-schema.odt (Authoritative)

Part 4: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format:
https://docs.oasis-open.org/office/OpenDocument/v1.3/cs02/part4-formula/OpenDocument-v1.3-cs02-part4-formula.odt (Authoritative)

XML/RNG schemas and OWL ontologies:

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:

Public Review Period

The 60-day public review starts now and ends 12 April 2021 at 23:59 UTC.

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.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


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 âOpen Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3,â we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] 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

[1] OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC

[2] Approval ballot:

[3] Statements of Use:

- The Document Foundation - https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/202101/msg00003.html

- DIB labs GmbH - https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office/202012/msg00020.html

- Collabra Productivity - https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/202101/msg00000.html

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/office/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms Mode

[6] TC Process for OASIS Standard



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