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:
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.
- Approval as a Committee Draft
- Public Review - 60 days
- Disposition of comments - 2 weeks
- Second public review - 15 days (2nd public review period is only required if we needed to make substantial changes in response to comments)
- Ballot for Committee Specification -- 15 days
- OASIS ballot - 60 days (including ballot prep time overhead)
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.