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Subject: How about an interoperability Subcommittee?

At the OASIS Symposium, and on the ODF Adoption TC calls, there has been a good amount of talk about ODF & interoperability.  This topic arises in a variety of forms:

1) Interoperability among ODF implementations, both traditional client-based editors (OpenOffice.org, KOffice, etc.) as well as with nontraditional editors, e.g., Google Docs & Spreadsheets
2) Interoperability between ODF and other embedded markups, like MathML, XForms, etc.
3) Interoperability between ODF and other high-level document formats, like DocBook, DITA or UOML.
4) Best practices for interoperability between ODF and embeddable microformats like vCard or Creative Commons licensing.
5) Interoperability between ODF and legacy document formats from Microsoft, Corel, Lotus, etc.

It seems to me that these topics may be "next big thing" after the ODF 1.2 work is done.

Is there any interest among TC members in pursuing some of these topics in more depth in a subcommittee?

Possible deliverables of the subcommittee might be a technical report on best practices for interoperability, as well as specific recommendations for accomplishing these goals.  

If there is any interest in this, I suggest we discuss on the list and develop a charter and list of deliverables.


Rob Weir
Software Architect
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Software Group

email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
phone: 1-978-399-7122
blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/

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