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Subject: RE: [office] W3C Compound Document WG

Hi Gary,

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Edwards [mailto:garyedwards@yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 10:45 AM
> To: office@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [office] W3C Compound Document WG
> Hi guys,
> Recently i contacted the W3C Compound Document TC, and Scott 
> Hayman (shayman@rim.com <mailto:shayman@rim.com>) wrote back 
> to me requesting a recent copy of  the OASIS Open Office file 
> format specification to review.  What is the OASIS policy on 
> sharing the spec with non members?  
> Or members of other open standards groups we might consider 
> coordinating with?  
> Having read through some of their on line material, i'm 
> wondering if it would it be a good idea to coordinate with a 
> group that could care less about the OASIS work?  The total 
> lack of awareness of the OASIS spec is troublesome.  These 
> guys were not born yesterday.  And as i page through their on 
> line disclosures, there is that wiff of not invented here 
> determination.  It also seems they blew off a letter from the 
> OASIS DiTA Group asking for a consideration about the use of 
> the term "compound document".
> Basically i wanted to know what was the purpose of the 
> Compound Document 
> TC, and how their specification would be different from ours.   I was 
> looking to see what it was that the OASIS file format lacked 
> that they really felt was necessary to meet their mobile 
> device oriented approach.  The web site describes the 
> "Compound Document" effort as one where basic XML 
> specifications for XForms, XHTML, SMiL, and SVG would be 
> mixed and combined into one document format.
> <CDF>" A Compound Document is the W3C term for a document 
> that combines multiple formats, such as XHTML 
> <http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/>, SVG 
> <http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/>, SMIL 
> <http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/> and XForms 
> <http://www.w3.org/XForms/>. The W3C Compound Document 
> Formats (CDF) Working Group will specify the behavior of some 
> format combinations, addressing the needs for an extensible 
> and inter operable Web .</>
> The membership is interesting.  It includes Microsoft, RIM, 
> Nokia, Adobe, SONY, SAP, Opera, and HP among others.  
> Definitely mobile device oriented.
> Michael, do you recall why Nokia withdrew from the OASIS TC 
> after the fact to face meetings?  I thought it was because 
> they were satisfied with the XML flat file transformations, 
> and saw no need to 
> participate.   I also thought that the most important issue for Nokia 
> was the ability to synchronize with desktop applications 
> through the OASIS file format.  Oh well.
> Anyway, what does the group think about sending them the 
> specification for review and consideration?  And is that legit?
> ~ge~
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