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Subject: Revival of the SBSC work, and a proposed home for the UBL customization work

Hello all,

In preparation for this week's revival of the 
work of SBSC (Small Business Subcommittee), I 
wanted to remind members there is a separate mail 
list and subcommittee home page for this 
work.  Not all (nor even many) of the messages 
will be copied to the UBL TC ... I don't like 
cross posting and will only judge very important 
cross-committee questions and issues doing so, or 
just post solely to the TC list (I'll assume 
everyone on the SC list is a member of the TC list).

And joining the subcommittee mail list doesn't 
oblige you to subcommittee voting membership 
rules ... it is just a way to hear about what we 
are up to.  Though I do expect you to contribute 
any comments you wish to the SBSC discussions 
whether you are a voting member or not.

As part of the discussion at the plenary, I'd 
like to review the charter of SBSC and propose to 
revise it to encompass sample customizations and 
customization methodologies.  Can anyone think of 
a replacement expansion of the "SB" abbreviation 
other than, say "Sample Business Subcommittee" 
instead of "Small Business 
Subcommittee"?  Actually, perhaps we have to keep 
the name as I see it permeates the user interface 
for the subcommittee.  We may have to just recast 
the charter document and subcommittee description 
to say that small business is just one target for customization.

Because we aren't talking just about small 
business anymore, and I applaud the Danish 
comments about there being many customizations 
and we shouldn't favour one over the other.  I 
have come around to us promoting a number of 
customization approaches and best practices, and 
coming up with publicly-available tools, so that 
when people tailor UBL to their needs, they remain compatible to UBL.

And by the end of a plenary, we will have a new 
SBSC co-chair ... with many thanks to Gruffudd 
Williams of Accountis for his upcoming contribution and support.

There isn't yet a home put aside for 
customization, and I propose that this be it.  On 
the UBL home page we could describe the SBSC as 
the subcommittee for customization of UBL for 
small business and other deployments ... or some 
such, I'm not very good at wordsmithing.  But we 
would somehow make it clear that is where to go 
when you want to deploy a customization of UBL.

I hope this is acceptable to everyone.  Please 
comment soon if you don't think this could be the 
home for discussions related to customization.

I'll be making some posts later today (I'm 
finally in Singapore, so my day is starting 
earlier than usual) or tomorrow to only the SBSC 
list, so by joining the subcommittee list you'll 
see the work being proposed and some of the 
resources being published.  I won't be 
duplicating the announcements to the main TC list.

The archive is here:


The subcommittee home page is here:


Note the "Join This TC" button on the 
subcommittee home page.  As of this morning, 
there are only seven people on the list, and I 
can think of many people on the 134-member-long 
roster for the UBL TC who would want to hear what 
is going on for customization, including the 
resource announcements that I'll be making this 
weekend, and you aren't on the list.

Here is the list as it stands to see if you are 
already one of the few, or to confirm that you 
have changed your membership to be included:


Observers and OASIS staff contacts are not listed 
(but I believe observers do get a copy of all 
emails).  You do not have to be a voting member 
of the TC to be a voting member of the 
subcommittee.  The subcommittee will be taking 
its work to the TC for the TC to deal with, but 
by having the work in the subcommittee we won't 
be distracting the TC with the low-level details we are hashing out.


. . . . . . . . Ken

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