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Subject: Draft Charter for a OpenDocument/UOF Harmonization TC

Dear TC members,

in our TC meeting on August, the 14th, we discussed the opportunity to 
harmonize OpenDocument and the Chinese UOF file format, and the possible 
options to do that. We in particular discussed the option to create a 
subcommittee that works out recommendations on how to best harmonize the two 
formats. Since the TC did like that idea, Robert an myself took an action 
item to create a charter proposal for this.

We have a charter proposal ready now. It is attached below, and I will put a 
discussion of the proposal on the conference call agenda for next Monday.

Best regards


Charter for a Subcommittee for Proposing the Harmonization of OASIS 
OpenDocument Format (ODF) and the Working Group 7 of E-Government Standards 
General Team's Specifications for Chinese Office File Formats Based on XML (UOF)

Statement of purpose
1.To evaluate the OpenDocument 1.1 specification against the Chinese 
linguistic, cultural, business, academic, government, technical and similar 
requirements with special consideration given to how UOF meets these 

2.To propose other recommendations regarding what steps should be taken for 
the purpose of harmonizing UOF and OpenDocument.

1.A formal evaluation of the suitability of the OpenDocument file format for 
the above requirements.

2.A list of  additional capabilities and modifications OpenDocument requires 
to support above requirements.

3.Recommendations regarding what further steps should be taken for the 
purpose of harmonizing UOF and OpenDocument.

Scope of work
The subcommittee should limit its work to consideration of the two 
specifications: ODF and UOF.  The subcommittee may interpret “harmonization” 
broadly to include a variety of approaches.

Manner and schedule of work
The work of the subcommittee will be primarily through a mailing list set up 
by OASIS for subcommittee work. Access by the public will be through an 
openly available mail list archive.

Conference calls and meetings will be scheduled on a regular basis as agreed 
by the sub committee after its formation.

Manner and Schedule of the work, including working language and time of 
meetings/conference calls, will be set by the Chair, provided that following 
written items shall be provided to the TC in English:

- the reports noted in the Deliverables section above
- Meeting minute summaries,
- Other communications to the OpenDocument TC from the Subcommittee

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