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Subject: Open Office XML Format TC Meeting Minutes 6 October 2003

OCTOBER, THE 6TH, 2003, 3PM GMT – 4:10PM GMT

Doug Alberg <doug.alberg@boeing.com>, Boeing
Michael Brauer <michael.brauer@sun.com>, Sun Microsystems
Simon Davis <simond@naa.gov.au>, National Archive of Australia
Gary Edwards <garyedwards@yahoo.com>
David Faure <faure@kde.org>
Tom Magliery <Tom.Magliery@corel.com>, Corel
Daniel Vogelheim <daniel.vogelheim@sun.com>, Sun Microsystems

Acceptance of Minutes of the September, the 29th meeting
- The attending TC members unanimously accepted the minutes.

Action Items
- (Phil Boutros: create proposal for unifying change tracking in text 
and table documents)
   - in progress
- Daniel Vogelheim, (Paul Langille): proposal for business charts
   - in progress
- Daniel Vogelheim: Clarification/Proposal regarding different numbers 
of cells in table rows.
   - done, see
- David-Faure: Proposal regarding enhanced table styles that support 
cell formatting properties.
   - done, see
- Paul Grosso: Clarify whether XSL-FO supports table border 
specifications based on row and column groups.
   - done, see
- Michael Brauer: Clarify why the OpenOffice.org specification supports 
nested row and column groups.
   - done, see

Discussion of Work Package 5.3 Style Properties
The TC discussed table formatting properties as described in section 
4.18 of the OpenOffice.org XML specification.

The TC discussed the behavior of tables that have incomplete or empty 
rows. Daniel clarified in


that there is a different but reasonable behavior for the different kind 
of applications (word processor, spreadsheet, etc.). The TC agreed to 
add this clarification to the specification document.

The TC discussed David's proposals for table templates


The TC unanimously agreed to David's 2nd proposal with the following 
- The table:topleftcorner, etc. attributes will be called 
table:top-begin-corner etc. The attribute's values will be "row" and 
- Child elements <table:even-rows>, <table:odd-rows>, 
<table:even-columns> and <table:odd-columns> will be added that allow 
specifying alternating styles for rows and columns.
- table templates will be located within the <style:master-styles> element.
As clarified by Paul, XSL-FO does not support table border 
specifications based on row and column groups (see 

The TC further agreed to clarify the two concepts of table row and 
column groups (see 
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office/200310/msg00006.html) in the 
specification and to keep the table properties unchanged with the 
exception of changes agreed so far.

The TC started to discuss pages and page properties. It agreed to rename 
the <style:page-master> element to <style:page-layout> to avoid 
confusion with the <style:master-page> element.

The TC further agreed to allow text documents to contain no paragraphs 
but only frames. It further clarified that linked sections can be used 
within text boxes to achieve that the text boxes have the same content.

The TC started a discussion whether additional information than the 
specification documents and minutes should be provided on the TC's web 
page. Michael clarified that additional content for the web pages is 
welcome. The discussion will be continued in the next meeting.

New Action Items

Michael Brauer

OASIS Open Office XML format TC chair

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