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Subject: OASIS Call for Participation: Unstructured Operation Markup Language (UOML)

To:  OASIS members & interested parties

   A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Unstructured Operation Markup Language (UOML) Technical
Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below.  The proposal, below, meets the requirements of the
OASIS TC Process [a]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified
in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and
the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

   This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b]. The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC
at the first meeting (see details below) are that:

   (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS;
   (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c];
   (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which
members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and
   (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below.

Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and the TC welcomes all interested parties.

   Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [c]. In addition, the public may access
the information resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility,
which will be linked from the TC's public home page at [d].

   Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards
organization; we encourage your feedback.



Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org 

[a] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php
[b] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php  
[c] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/ 
[d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=uoml

OASIS Unstructured Operation Markup Language (UOML) TC



OASIS Unstructured Operation Markup Language (UOML) Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this TC is to create an open, XML-based operation standard for unstructured documents.  The Unstructured
Operation Markup Language specification will define an XML schema for universal document operations. The schema is
suitable for operating printable documents, including create, view, modify, and query information, that can be printed
on paper, e.g. books, magazine, newspaper, office documents, maps, drawings, blueprints, but is not restricted to these
kinds of documents. There are several commercial and free applications available based on the current draft of UOML
cited below, with more currently under development.


The resulting specification must meet the following requirements:
   *  It must be suitable for printable documents.
   *  It must define universal operations to these documents, including create, view, modify, query and retrieve.
   *  It must be compatible with the W3C Extensible Markup Language
(XML) v1.0 and W3C Namespaces in XML v1.0 specifications,
   *  It must process layout-based information suitable for presenting the document,
   *  It must be friendly to document related applications.
   *  It must be cross-platform and program language independent.

The existing UOML.org XML format specification was developed to meet the above criteria.  It is anticipated that it will
be contributed to the TC as a starting point for its work.  A standard for document operation will be of great utility
to many users and software companies developing applications, and should be made available as soon as possible.


The work of this TC has been divided into two phases:

1.  In the first phase, the TC will review and adapt proven and established constructs so that the resulting
specification can satisfy the immediate needs of many users, as well as serve as a base for future, less restricted
development.  The work of this TC in the first phase will concentrate on the following areas:

   *  establishing a mechanism and policy for extensions, preferably relying on XML namespaces,
   *  establishing a set of 'core' elements and attributes to be supported by all implementations,
   *  incorporating feedback from early adopters of the contributed input specification and fixing technical problems
that may have been uncovered, and
   *  ensuring that the resulting specification and documentation are consistent and of high quality.

The TC will issue a first working draft of the UOML specification by March 31, 2007.

2. In the second phase, this TC will maintain and extend the specification delivered in Phase 1 to encompass additional
areas of applications or users, which may also include adapting the specification to recent developments.  The work of
this TC in the second phase will additionally allow for the following

   *  enabling additional areas of application,
   *  exploring new or experimental ideas for document operation, and
   *  extending the expressiveness of the operation.

The TC will aim to deliver the second draft as a Committee Draft by August 31,
2007 and to submit it for balloting by OASIS membership as an OASIS Standard.
The TC also may choose to submit completed and approved work to other organizations in accordance with the OASIS Liaison
Policy, while retaining the responsibility for the maintenance of its specifications.

Each of the drafts will include a set of XML schemas setting the vocabulary, constraints and semantics of each operation
in question, and a set of written specifications that describe the elements and attributes of the schemas in plain
English.  The TC may deliver additional Committee Drafts approximately once per year.

Anticipated audience:

The anticipated audience for this work includes, but is not restricted to:

    *  makers of document related applications;
    *  Docbase providers; and
    *  Other specification writers that need document operations or parts of it.


The TC shall conduct its proceedings in English.

IPR Mode

The TC will operate under the RAND Mode under the OASIS IPR Policy.

Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC

Related and similar work

Developers and users of office application and document formatting
specifications such as the OASIS OpenDocument Format ("ODF") may find UOML
useful.  However, UOML addresses a different set of functions.  The proposed
UOML specification will operate on layout-based formatting information, rather
than content-based formatting information (such as ODF).  UOML will limit its
functions to abstracting data from paper form, and defines an operation
interface, rather than a file storage format.

Anticipated contributions

It is expected that the existing UOML specification will be contributed to the
TC by Sursen Co., along with possible additional contributions from HanWang
Technology Co., TRS Information Technology Co., Redflag Chinese 2000 Software
Co., and the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Proposed working title

UOML specification

Proposed date, time, and location of first TC meeting

Date:  February 6, 2007 
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern U.S.
Duration:  2 Hours
Mode: Teleconference
Telephone: To be decided prior to the first meeting
Sponsor: Sursen Co.

On-going schedule

Bi-weekly 90 Minute teleconferences sponsored by Sursen Co.


Fang Gu, fanggmy@126.com, Changfeng Alliance 
Andy Lee, javola@vip.sina.com,  Changfeng Alliance 
Charles H Schulz, charles-h.schulz@arsaperta.com., Ars Aperta 
Alex Wang, dlwang@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Liwei Wang, wangliwei@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Bo Yan, yanbo@sursen.com, Sursen Co.


Alex Wang, CEO of Sursen Co., dlwang@sursen.com

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