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Subject: [ubl-fssc] Latest draft FPSC charter

Hello all!

I tried to post this latest draft of the charter but do not have access to 
the UBL site this evening to upload this text.  I will do so as soon as I 
am able.

Please find below a modified charter attempting to reach an acceptable 
middle ground between Chee-Kai's initial feedback and my comments to his 
comments.  Having received no other input from other members, I only have 
his comments to accommodate.

Please post any comments or suggestions to the list ... Jon needs the final 
text of the charter ASAP in order to start the formal instantiation of the 

I hope the text below is acceptable to all.

.................... Ken

p.s. I still haven't heard from everyone regarding their voting/observer 
status.  Chee-Kai, I would like you to reconsider your observer status in 
order to participate with your enthusiasm in the workings of the subcommittee.

FPSC Draft charter (2003-03-14 01:30):

    1. To liaise with standardization organizations responsible for
       paper-based business commerce forms regarding evolving
       requirements for the presentation of information.

    2. To rapidly develop and document formal technology-agnostic
       (i.e. independent of any particular presentation technology)
       Formatting Specifications as interpretations of
       internationally standardized or otherwise available
       paper-based forms for the presentation of UBL documents
       suitable for the human reader.

    3. To foster implementations of these interpretations through
       coordination, guidance and responsiveness to queries, in
       order to test the viability of these Formatting
       Specifications using different technologies in real-world

Possible deliverables:

    1. Formatting specification guidelines

     - principles of the development and use of the library of
       formatting specifications

     - principles of the presentation of UBL information

     - catalogue of known implementations

    2. Office-oriented example formatting specifications

    3. Joinery-oriented example formatting specifications

    4. United Nations UNECE aligned Trade Document layout key
       formatting specifications

    5. Other scenarios requested by the Library Content
       Subcommittee for sample instances

Scope of work:

    This committee work is presentation focused. The design of the
    document models and the semantics of the business process
    behind the document models is recognized as the purview of
    other subcommittees. This subcommittee will approach the other
    subcommittees with questions for clarification regarding these
    aspects of the UBL information process.

    This committee work will bridge the gap between the computers
    using UBL and the humans who need to see the information, with
    our focus being presenting the information found in instances
    of UBL document models. Instances of other document models will
    not be considered within scope at this time.

    Both output-only and input-output presentation scenarios are
    considered within scope at this time.

    Standardizing the presentation of information in a
    technology-agnostic fashion  (i.e. independent of any
    particular stylesheet technologies, print technologies, data
    entry strategies, etc.) should foster the innovation and
    proliferation of implementations. This committee will attempt
    to nurture the implementation community with arms-length
    support through respect and responsiveness in order to bring
    about support from as wide a spectrum of technologies as
    possible, without bias to any particular technology.

Manner and schedule of work:

    The work of the subcommittee will be primarily through a mail
    list set up on OASIS for subcommittee work. Access by the
    public will be through an openly available mail list archive.

    A library of intermediate work materials (links, files, meeting
    minutes, examples, etc.) will be maintained through the
    subcommittee web site and will be open for public access.

    The pace of development will attempt to keep up with the
    release of new document models from other UBL subcommittees and
    with the responsiveness of the user community regarding
    feedback the subcommittee may receive.

    A work plan will be developed and published by (TBD) April 1,
    2003 after which it will be reviewed periodically in light of
    developments and progress.

    Teleconferences will be scheduled on a regular basis (perhaps
    as often as every week or two). Sun Microsystems has
    offered to arrange for the teleconferences.

Technical liaison:

    Liaison with the UBL Naming and Design Rules subcommittee (for
    the business semantics) and the UBL Library Content
    subcommittee (for sample instances) will be critically
    important to the understanding of the information being

    Liaison with the United Nations electronic Trade Documents
    (UNeDocs) group of the UNECE is important regarding widely
    accepted layouts for electronic business information.

    Input from and dialogue with other organizations identified
    through the UBL Liaison Subcommittee will be valuable.

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