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Subject: Request for Introductions - Please, introduce yourself to us!
Could everyone on the office-formula mailing list introduce themselves to everyone else, by doing a "reply-all" to this email? Don't introduce yourself just to ME... I'd like everyone to know a little about each other. I realize many of you know each other anyway, but not everyone does, and having it recorded in the OASIS archives will make it easy for people to find it later. Basically, tell us the name YOU would like to be called, your organization, a little about your interests in spreadsheet implementations, and why you're interested in a standard for formulas. I'd especially like to know if there are any particular goals/aspirations you have for the resulting specification. If you have any relevant expertise (such as implementor, heavy user, strong mathematical expertise, legal knowledge, or standards/OASIS procedural knowledge), please let us know that too. ODF members: if you also work with other organizations, feel free to let us know that. In PARTICULAR, if you are a developer of one or more spreadsheet implementations, or your organization develops one or more spreadsheet implementations, please let us know what they are. NOTE: If you or your organization develops spreadsheets, saying so does NOT automatically commit your organization to a specification. Few people will commit to a specification that isn't done! But it helps to know where people are coming from. We have a few "Observers". According to OASIS rule 1n, observers can be subscribed to the email list but not "participate" in email list discussions. However, unless there's an objection, I'd like to hear self-introductions from even the observers (if they're willing). I don't view self-introductions as "participation", and it would help to know who everyone is. If you are an observer but want to stay anonymous, that's fine. If you want to do more than observe, please talk to me; my goal is MAXIMUM participation. Note: Per OASIS rule 2.4, membership is per person, not per organization, and is not transferable from person to person. Also, 2.13 states "Organizations do not vote in TCs." Thus, although many of us are from specific organizations, I expect that everyone will work TOGETHER to create the best possible specification for ALL... and not JUST for the organization they represent. Still, it's sometimes helpful to know "where people are coming from". Thanks very much!! --- David A. Wheeler