"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, weâ€™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),
weâ€™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 â€œget in on the
ground floorâ€ 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 â€œmaintainâ€ 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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