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ODF 1.2 Roadmap (per Rob Weir)

IBM's Rob Weir outlines the "ODF 1.2 Roadmap" (my emphasis):

Once we complete our editing work on ODF 1.2, it undergoes an approval process like this:

  1. Approval as a Committee Draft
  2. Public Review - 60 days
  3. Disposition of comments - 2 weeks
  4. Second public review - 15 days (2nd public review period is only required if we needed to make substantial changes in response to comments)
  5. Ballot for Committee Specification -- 15 days
  6. OASIS ballot - 60 days (including ballot prep time overhead)
We should plan on an exemplary review of ODF 1.2, and this may require 2 or more cycles of public review, so a conservative estimate is that an OASIS Standard could issue approximately 5 months after the TC's main work is complete.
Once approved by OASIS we can submit ODF 1.2 to JTC1 for approval as a PAS submission.  This would result in a 6-month ballot, with possible BRM at the end, so likely a 9-10 month overall process in addition to the OASIS process.
Once the TC has completed the text of ODF 1.2, the approval process in OASIS and ISO is rather predictable -- they have firm schedule requirements.  But predicting the completion of the ODF 1.2 technical work is harder.
A rough road map would be as follows:
  • ODF 1.2 technical drafting complete May 2008
  • ODF 1.2 public review June-July 2008
  • ODF 1.2 approved as OASIS Standard - Sept 2008
  • ODF 1.2 approved as an ISO standard - Summer 2009

As I commented recently, I expect that ODF 1.2 will get much more attention from the National Standards Bodies than the original version did. I also expect ODF will benefit from much of the learning everyone's had as DIS29500 has progressed.


NOOOXML: said:

Stephen McGibbon (Microsoft) threatenes the future of the existing ISO standard ISO 26300:2006 with diplomatic wording.

# February 21, 2008 4:49 PM

Stephen McGibbon said:

The post above on NOOXML's site is worth a look - they accuse the ODF Editor, Patrick Durusau of exhibiting Stockholm Syndrome.

"Esp. scary are the remarks of the ODF editor Patrick Durusau which either reflect a Stockholm syndrome or a hostile takeover -- or both"

This comment is made because of Patrick's open letter "OpenXML: A Poster Child for Open Standards Development?". (Patrick has also recently posted a proposal for "Co-Evolving OpenXML And OpenDocument Format" which will no doubt be seen as further evidence of his condition.)

For the record though, my humble posts aren't threats, veiled or otherwise. I don't think my opinion that ODF wasn't properly assessed by many national bodies is particularly controversial. I've had this conversation with some very forthright ODF supporters and they have agreed. I don't think anyone who is genuinely interested in the success of ODF wants a repeat of that, and would, I imagine, welcome the benefits of a process as rigourous as that which OpenXML has benefited from.

Readers who know me well also please note I am being accused of diplomatic language Smile

# February 21, 2008 5:11 PM

hAl said:

Patrick was also attacked for his messages by 'standards laywer' (aka IBM puppet) Andy Upgrove and has issued a 3rd posting even as a result of that.

# February 27, 2008 12:28 PM