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30-day Public Review for Election Markup Language (EML) Specification Version 7.0

The OASIS Election and Voter Services TC [1] members have recently approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 30-day public review:

Election Markup Language (EML) Specification Version 7.0
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
04 July 2011

Specification Overview:
EML is a standard for the structured interchange among hardware, software, and service providers who engage in any aspect of providing election or voter services to public or private organizations.

The changes from EML v6.0 that this new version introduces are as follows:

• updates applied to match requirements for the USA’s UOCAVA (Uniform and Overseas Citizens Assistance in Voting Act) application;
• updates applied to match new requirements from the Australia Election Commission;
• update to the dSig schema for latest W3C 2002/2008 specification;
• update external reference from xNAL v3.0 to xNAL v4.0;
• new Conformance criteria.

TC Description:
The E&VS Techncial Committee has worked very closely with the IEEE P1622 committee over this new release and aligning the needs of the USA’s UOCAVA (Uniform and Overseas Citizens Assistance in Voting Act) application. We will continue to work with them, and any other jurisdiction, to ensure EML meets the global needs of e-enabled elections.

Public Review Period:
The public review starts today, 18 August 2011 and ends 14 September 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:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source:

Other specification artifacts:
This prose specification is one component of a Work Product which also includes:

XML schemas:

XML Dictionary and spreadsheet artifacts:

ZIP distribution file (complete):
For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:

Additional information about the specification and the OASIS Election and Voter Services TC 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, 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 Election Markup Language (EML) Specification Version 7.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [2] applicable especially [3] 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.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Election and Voter Services TC


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