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60-day Public Review for OpenDocument Version 1.2 (COS)

The OpenDocument Version 1.2 specification produced by
the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications
(OpenDocument) Technical Committee [1] is now entering
60-day COS public review in preparation for member
ballot to consider approval as an OASIS Standard:

Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.2
Candidate OASIS Standard (COS) 01
10 May 2011

In addition to the prose Overview document, the
specification is comprised of the following parts:

OpenDocument v1.2 Part 1: OpenDocument Schema
OpenDocument v1.2 Part 2: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format
OpenDocument v1.2 Part 3: Packages
OpenDocument v1.2 Relax NG Schema
OpenDocument v1.2 Manifest Schema
OpenDocument v1.2 Digital Signature Schema
OpenDocument v1.2 Metadata Manifest Ontology
OpenDocument v1.2 Package Metadata Manifest Ontology
Members of the OpenDocument TC have approved a Special
Majority ballot to advance OpenDocument v1.2 Committee
Specification (CS) to Candidate OASIS Standard (COS) level,
and have met all the requirements of the TC process for
a COS Submission [2]. The declarations include
certification that all schemas and XML instances are
well formed/valid; statements of use; accounts of
previous public reviews; disposition logs; etc. Details
of the submission request are available online for public
inspection [3].

Specification Summary

Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument)
Version 1.2 specifies the characteristics of an XML-based
application-independent and platform-independent digital
document file format, as well as the characteristics of
software applications which read, write and process such
documents. This standard is applicable to document
authoring, editing, viewing, exchange and archiving,
including text documents, spreadsheets, presentation
graphics, drawings, charts and similar documents commonly
used by personal productivity software applications.

OASIS has two other Technical Committees, the ODF Adoption
TC and the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC which
do work that compliments the work of the OpenDocument TC.
The OpenDocument TC has liaisons to these other committees.

ISO/IEC JTC1 approved OASIS OpenDocument v1.0 under their
Publically Available Specification (PAS) process as ISO/IEC
26300:2006, and is in the process of approving OASIS
OpenDocument v1.1. It is expected that the OpenDocument
TC will ask OASIS to submit OASIS OpenDocument v1.2 to them
under PAS rules for transposition into an International
Standard. There is an OASIS and an OASIS OpenDocument TC
liaison with JTC1/SC34, the committee that maintains
ISO/IEC 26300. Maintenance is done under an agreement
between OASIS and ISO/IEC JTC1 that requires that the ISO
version remains ‘technically equivalent’ to the OASIS

The OpenDocument Technical Committee was chartered to
create an open, XML-based file format specification for
office applications.

Public Review Period

The 60-day public review starts today, 23 June 2011 and
ends 22 August 2011.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits
feedback from potential users, developers and others,
whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving
the interoperability and quality of its technical work.


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

RNG schema and OWL files:

Distribution ZIP files
Entire specification:
Schema files:

Other specification artifacts:

Additional information about the specification and the OASIS
Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument)
Technical Committee may be found at the TC’s public home page:

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use
of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the
button labeled “Send A Comment” at the top of the TC public home
page, or directly at:

Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other
work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:

All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback
License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the
same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In
connection with this public review of ‘OpenDocument Version 1.2
(COS)’, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4]
applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee.
All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which
may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability
of a member’s patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that
read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons
who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be
essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that
notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC’s work.


[1] OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument)
Technical Committee

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard and OS approval

[3] COS submission request


[5] RF on Limited Terms Mode IPR Mode