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Subject: Conformance Definitions

Dear TC members,

first of all, I would like to thank you for the valuable feedback I got 
after we have discussed the proposal in the last TC call.

It seems to me that there are no objects for having only a single 
conformance level which does not allow foreign elements and attributes, 
but that there are concerns to immediately forbid foreign elements 
within <office:meta> and in particular also <*-properties> elements, 
where ODF 1.1 explicitly allowed these elements.

I have updated the proposal[1] to reflect this, where I have taken the 
variant which did only define a single conformance level as basis. 
However, I have re-introduced the notion of a strictly conforming 
document, which means that there are two levels again. The one of a 
conforming document, and the one of  a strictly conforming document. A 
conforming document is one that does allow foreign elements and 
attributes within <office:meta> and <*-properties>, and only there, 
while a strictly conforming document does not allow foreign elements and 
attributes at all. The differentiation is made again using a strict and 
a non-strict schema. In this regards, there is no change from ODF 1.1.

The proposal further
- declares the use of foreign elements in <office:meta> and 
<*-properties> to be deprecated;
- indirectly adds a requirement to document their use by declaring their 
semantic to be implementation defined.
- adds a requirement that conforming producers must be able to produce 
strict conforming documents on demand.

I would like to discuss the proposal, and in particular the three items 
above, in the next TC call. And unless the proposal requires larger 
modifications, I would like to ask for a ballot on the proposal in this 

Best regards


Michael Brauer, Technical Architect Software Engineering
Sun Microsystems GmbH             Nagelsweg 55
D-20097 Hamburg, Germany          michael.brauer@sun.com
http://sun.com/staroffice         +49 40 23646 500

Sitz der Gesellschaft: Sun Microsystems GmbH, Sonnenallee 1,
	   D-85551 Kirchheim-Heimstetten
Amtsgericht Muenchen: HRB 161028
Geschaeftsfuehrer: Thomas Schroeder, Wolfgang Engels, Dr. Roland Boemer
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates: Martin Haering

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