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Subject: ODF-Next Call for Proposals

To OASIS Members and all Interested Participants:

You are invited to help define the feature set of the next revision of OASIS
Open Document Format (ODF) to follow ODF 1.2. Help us take "ODF-Next" to a
higher stage of document evolution. Be creative. Push the envelope. Be
provocative. Change the paradigm. Start a revolution. The only limits on our
vision are our own.

The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) TC has recently
finalized the approval of technical proposals which will be included in ODF
1.2. After these proposals are integrated into the ODF 1.2 draft and
remaining editorial tasks are completed, the draft specification will be
sent on for Public Review (hopefully before the end of April) and then
finally onto a ballot for approval as an OASIS Standard. 

Concurrent with these final stages of ODF 1.2 work -- which may take several
months -- the ODF TC wishes to start a public conversation related to the
technical contents of "ODF-Next", the provisional name for the next major
version of ODF. The ODF TC has created the ODF Requirements Subcommittee,
chaired by Bob Jolliffe, to gather, categorize and prioritize proposals for
ODF-Next, and to report back to the ODF TC with recommendations. 

The target for this report is May 1st, 2009.

We wish to start gathering proposals now, from TC members, from the OASIS
community, from ODF implementers, government, academia, and from the public
at large. What features should be added? What capabilities do we need? Where
do we want to take ODF next? We want you to think broadly and boldly on
where we can take this standard in the next major revision.

Some things to keep in mind:

1.      The more detail you can provide in the proposal, the better. If a
specific change is requested, please give section references relative to the
ODF standard.

2.      All proposals must be submitted to the ODF TC's public comment list
according to these instructions:

3.	Please indicate "Requirement" as part of the subject line of your
post, and follow the template given here:

4. 	All proposals previously submitted to the ODF TC's public comment
list will automatically be considered for ODF-Next. There is no need to
resubmit an idea if it was already previously submitted.

5. Although contributions are welcome at any time, if you want your ideas to
be included in the ODF-Next Requirements report, your proposals must be
received by March 31st, 2009.

The ODF TC welcomes and looks forward to your contributions!

Mary P McRae
Director, Technical Committee Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 1.603.232.9090

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