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Subject: Please read: Procedure proposal for ODF 1.2 proposals

Dear TC members,

the deadline for requesting proposals for consideration in ODF 1.2 has

The consideration of 16 proposals has been requested. We have 6 TC
members that requested the inclusion of at least one proposal, and the
number of requests per TC members varies between 1 and 7.

The assumption for the schedule we agreed in the last TC call was that
we have 5 requests, and we agreed to make a decision how to proceed in
the next call if the number of requests is above 5. We got 16 requests.
We therefore need to decide now how to proceed.

I have discussed the situation with Rob, and this what we would like to

1) All TC members with voting rights (a list is below) have 5 votes
that they can cast on any set of proposals.  Voters can split their vote
among 5 different proposals, put all their 5 votes on a single proposal,
or divide them up in any way they choice, among the proposals listed.

2) This votes are cast by sending the vote allocations to the mailing
list before the TC meeting on Monday.

3) The votes themselves are non-binding until the TC, in the meeting on
Monday, the 15th of December, decides to give them a meaning.

4) In the meeting on Monday, the 15th of December, the TC votes to
consider those 5 or 6 (or another number to be decided on) proposals for
inclusion into ODF 1.2, that got the most votes.
Note: Five is the number of proposals we worked with in the last TC
call. Six is the number of TC members that have requested the
consideration of a proposal. Taking six proposals would mean that at
least in theory one proposal per TC member could be elected. We should
be able to process six proposals without changing the schedule.

Using this approach, everyone has equal voice in what proposals are

*While the TC needs to agree to give the votes described above a
meaning, I would like to ask all voting TC members to cast their votes
in order to make a good decision in the meeting on Monday.*

Please note that the votes you are casting are not regarding the
proposals itself, but only whether they should be considered for ODF

This means that the proposals that are considered for inclusion
still need to pass the proposal acceptance process successfully, which
is defined by our standing rule and the rules we agreed on the last TC

Vice versa, if a proposal that is not elected for consideration in
ODF 1.2, then this does not mean that the proposal itself is rejected,
and TC members should not interpret the votes that way. If a proposal is
not elected to be considered in ODF 1.2, then these proposals still
should be considered for a later version of ODF, and I would like to
encourage the TC members to advance such proposals to make sure they
will be considered in the next ODF version.

The following TC members have voting rights:

Michael Brauer
Patrick Durusau
Dennis Hamilton
Mingfei Jia
Bob Jolliffe
Jun Ma
Doug Mahugh
Eric Patterson
Eike Rathke
Florian Reuter
Jomar Silva
Rob Weir
David Wheeler
Oliver Wittmann

Best regards


Michael Brauer, Technical Architect Software Engineering
Sun Microsystems GmbH             Nagelsweg 55
D-20097 Hamburg, Germany          michael.brauer@sun.com
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