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Subject: Proposed Charter for OASIS UOML-X TC

To OASIS Members:

  A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the OASIS Unstructured
Operation Markup Language eXtended (UOML-X) Technical Committee. In accordance
with the OASIS TC Process Policy section 2.2: 
(http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php#s2.2) the proposed charter is
hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall remain open until 11:45
pm ET on 10 March 2008. 

  OASIS maintains a mailing list for the purpose of submitting comments on
proposed charters. Any OASIS member may post to this list by sending email to:
mailto:oasis-charter-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org. All messages will be publicly
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http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/oasis-charter-discuss/. Members who wish to
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subscribe to the oasis-charter-discuss e-mail.

  A telephone conference will be held among the Convener, the OASIS TC
Administrator, and those proposers who wish to attend within four days of the
close of the comment period. The announcement and call-in information will be
noted on the OASIS Charter Discuss Group Calendar.

  We encourage member comment and ask that you note the name of the proposed TC
[UOML-X] in the subject line of your email message. 


Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090

OASIS Unstructured Operation Markup Language eXtended (UOML-X) Technical

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this TC is to carry on the existing OASIS UOML TC's goal of
developing and maintaining the XML-based operation interface 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, retrieve, security control, user interaction etc. 
* 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 specification part 1 developed by UOML TC meets 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 UOML specification will be composed of several parts. First part describes
operations that should be used to create, read, write, edit, display/print
document. The other parts describe operations for security control (include
DRM), query, document organizing etc., depend on the decision of this TC.
The work of this TC has been divided into two phases: 

In the first phase, the TC will review the existing UOML Specification Part 1
developed by UOML TC, and submit to public review by the end of Q2 of 2008. 

TC will push the UOML Specification Part 1 to become OASIS Standard in 2008. In
the meantime, we can start the second phase.

In the second phase, this TC will develop the other parts of UOML specification,
to encompass additional areas of applications or users, and maintain the
existing part(s) 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 areas: 

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

The TC also may choose to submit completed and approved work to other
organizations in accordance with the OASIS Liaison Policy. 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.

Anticipated audience:
The anticipated audience for this work includes, but is not restricted to:
* Developers of document related applications; 
* Developers of DoCbase Management System(DCMS); 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 RF on RAND Mode under the OASIS IPR Policy.

Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC
Related and similar work
The UOML-X TC takes on work from the OASIS UOML Technical Committee.

Developers and users of office application and document formatting
specifications such as the OASIS OpenDocument Format ("ODF") may also 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 the member of UOML TC and China Docbase Standard Committee.

Proposed working title
UOML Specification

Proposed date, time, and location of first TC meeting
Date: April 23, 2008 
Time: 3:00AM, Eastern U.S.
Duration:1 hour
Mode: Teleconference
Telephone: To be decided prior to the first meeting
Sponsor: Sursen Co.

On-going schedule
Monthly 1 hour teleconferences sponsored by Sursen Co.

Alex Wang, dlwang@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Andy Lee, javola@vip.sina.com, Changfeng Alliance 
Stephen Green, stephen.green@systml.co.uk, Individual 
Allison Shi, allison_shi@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Liwei Wang, wangliwei@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Ninsheng Liu, liuningsheng@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Mendy Liu, liumingjuan@sursen.com, UOML Alliance
Xu Guo, guoxu@sursen.com, Sursen Co.
Lin Cheng, chenglin@ch2000.com.cn, Beijing Redflag CH2000 Software Co. Ltd.
Pine Zhang, pine_zhang@sursen.com, UOML Alliance

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


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