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Subject: Re: [office] OpenDocument TC Coordination Call Agenda December 12th

<office@lists.oasis-open.org> wrote on 12/09/2011 05:20:46 PM:

> I will not be able to attend because I am attending a meeting by the
> standardisation organization of the dutch government [1]. The topic there is
> whether or not to upgrade from ODF 1.0 to 1.2.
> A few questions that will be discussed are:

Interesting questions.

>  - Does the standards body have a documented versioning policy?

I'm not sure what they mean by a "versioning policy".

OASIS maintains all versions of approved standards on their webpage.  We do not remove prior versions.  They are all preserved for reference.  

The document retention policy is documented here:


Further, TC's have the ability to issue corrections (errata) for prior versions, even while producing new revisions.  We've done that with ODF.  We've issued errata for ODF 1.0, even after ODF 1.1 was released and as we were simultaneously working on ODF 1.2.

The documented errata process is here:


We also have a technical directive for how we represent versions and stages of work in our specifications:


>  - Will development of the standard be financed for at least 3 more years?

OASIS and its precursor organization (SGML Open) have been creating standards since 1993.  I believe this is longer than ISO/IEC JTC1.  Similar to JTC1, OASIS standards are made by its members.  They are not paid by OASIS to create standards.  

But you can get a sense of the level of industry commitment to OASIS by looking at this list of sponsor and member organizations:


>  - Is the standardisation process of high enough quality that a new version
> can be used without vetting?

I'd question the assertion that ODF 1.2 was not vetted.  We had over 200 days of public review and the standard has been widely implemented.  Of course, whether or not it, or any other standard from any other organization, is appropriate for a given use is a determination that the user of the standard will need to make.

>  - Are the interests of the dutch government met in the standardisation
> process?

Same as a above.  This is not a question the TC can answer.
> I've not attended a meeting of this kind before, but i'm pretty
> confident that
> it will go well.
> Cheers,
> Jos
> [1]
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