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Subject: Formal Request: ODF 1.2 Document Processing Model Proposal

I formally request consideration of the proposal "ODF 1.2 Document Processing Model" for ODF 1.2

The new proposal document with an incomplete sketch is on the wiki at 

my promise is to have this proposal complete enough on the Wiki to have serious discussion commence on the wiki by mid-January 2009.  It is my intention that work on this proposal could continue along with editorial work for review of the working drafts, resolution of editorial items, and review concerning applicability of public comments to earlier versions of ODF.  Whether the proposal can be treated in this manner can be determined as part of laying out the end-game beyond the completion of feature-related proposals.  Also, whether or not the proposal is enacted explicitly in the documents, its use as a working instrument for our determining that features have been specified completely enough.

The brief description of the proposal is:

"Reflect in the ODF 1.2 specification enough of a document model, its annotation and decoration, and the manipulation and processing of it  that the semantics for an ODF 1.2 document structure can be expressed.

"Define the processing models and related decorations and annotations of the document model that are directed to particular processing  cases, such as document creation, visual presentation, final-form media presentation, interactive use, document manipulation, and  interactive manipulation."

I think the purpose of this proposal is directly stated in the last item of the approach notes:

I propose this sort of approach, even if articulated in a working agreement within the ODF-TC and not formally documented, as a  valuable tool for identifying questions that need to be answered in the ODF specification and then ensuring that the specification does  indeed provide answers to those questions.

 - Dennis

Dennis E. Hamilton
NuovoDoc: Design for Document System Interoperability 
mailto:Dennis.Hamilton@acm.org | gsm:+1-206.779.9430 
http://NuovoDoc.com http://ODMA.info/dev/ http://nfoWorks.org 

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