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Subject: Subcommittee Creation for Advanced Document Collaboration

The following request has been submitted to the OASIS TC Administrator on 30/11/2010:

Submitter's Name
  Rob Weir
TC Name
TC Email Address
Subcommittee Name
  Advanced Document Collaboration
Subcommittee Email List Name
Statement of Purpose
  Many ODF documents do not involve collaboration. They are created by a
single user, edited by a single user, and then perhaps presented or shared
with multiple users, or maybe even just converted to PDF for distribution.

However, collaboration-based document scenarios are also common, including
review and comment, change tracking as well as emerging work in real-time
collaborative editing, in-context document collaboration, persistence of
structured document fragments, and so on.

In order to bring together technical experts in these areas, and for them
to evaluate trends, investigate opportunities and draft enhancements to
ODF in these areas, we are proposing a dedicated subcommittee for this

The initial and highest priority for the Subcommittee will be change
tracking. Reliable and user friendly revision management is critical for
professional document workflows in corporate and public sector
environments, and as such an important feature of Open Document Format.
The SC is asked to prepare a draft specification of a markup vocabulary
that can accurately describe any incremental change to the content and
structure of documents - typically made in multiple editing sessions by
different authors.
  1. A draft specification for change tracking, including Relax NG schema

2. A description on how to apply change tracking markup to the various
versions of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as a host format.

3. A set of test documents that will allow implementers to validate their
change tracking implementations.

4. A document that describes in detail how the existing change tracking
mechanism in ODF can be converted to the new markup.

5. Other proposals, draft specifications and in-scope work related to the
subcommittee's Purpose.
  Robin LaFontaine
Approval Link

Thank you for your request. We will schedule the QC review shortly. You can follow the progress at:

The Standards Development team.

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