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The Versions of ODF

Feb 11, 2011, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Weir)

"It has been a few months now since the OASIS ODF TC has done substantive technical work on ODF 1.2. We had a 60-day public review last summer, a 15-day public review last December and we will start another (hopefully final) 15-day public review starting this week. Every time we make a change to the specification in response to public comments we are required to have another 15-day review of the changes. This is all necessary procedural work, to make sure all stakeholders have the opportunity to comment. But it is not very exciting.

"However, as the ODF 1.2 specification goes through remainder of its review/approval process in OASIS, we’ve increasingly turned our attention to ODF-Next. Tentatively (and we should have a TC vote on this work plan in the next few weeks), we’re looking at a two-year schedule for ODF 1.3, with four intermediate drafts (Committee Specification Drafts or CSDs). The first CSD would appear in September, 2011. We have not yet defined what features will be in ODF 1.3. So this is a great time to join the ODF TC, to “get in on the ground floor†for defining the next release.

"While we await approval of ODF 1.2 and start work on ODF 1.3, we continue to maintain ODF 1.0 and ODF 1.1, the previous versions of ODF. And by “maintain†I mean we receive and track defect reports and publish corrections to the specification So effectively, the OASIS ODF TC is working on four versions of ODF."

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