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Subject: OASIS Call for Participation: UOML-X

To:  OASIS members & interested parties

   A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Unstructured
Operation Markup Language eXtended (UOML-X) 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

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-x 
(or http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/uoml-x/ to join group from the
member page)


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

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. The first part
operations that should be used to create, read, write, edit, display/print
documents. The other parts describe operations for security control (including
DRM), query, document organizing etc., and such other document-related functions
as the 
TC may decide to specify.

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. 

The TC will plan to submit the UOML Specification Part 1 for approval as an 
OASIS Standard in 2008. In the meantime, we can start the second phase.

In the second phase, this TC will develop other functions in additional parts 
of the UOML specification, to encompass additional areas of applications or
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 expects to base its initial work on contribution 
from work created in 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 members of the 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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