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Call for Consent for Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) V1.3 as OASIS Standard

Free, open XML-based document file format for office applications is presented to members as a candidate for OASIS Standard.

The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Committee Specification to the OASIS Membership in a call for consent for OASIS Standard:

Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3
Committee Specification 02
30 October 2020

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to consent or object to this approval. You are welcome to register your consent explicitly on the ballot; however, your consent is assumed unless you register an objection [2]. To register an objection, you must:

  1. Indicate your objection on this ballot, and
  2. Provide a reason for your objection and/or a proposed remedy to the TC.

You may provide the reason in the comment box or by email to the Technical Committee on its comment mailing list or, if you are a member of the TC, to the TC’s mailing list [3]. If you provide your reason by email, please indicate in the subject line that this is in regard to the Call for Consent.

This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [3]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met [4][5], the Committee Specification is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS Organizational Members.


The Call for Consent opens at 14 April 2021 00:00 UTC and closes on 27 April 2021 23:59 pm UTC. You can access the ballot at:

Internal link for voting members:

Publicly visible link:

OASIS members should ensure that their organization’s voting representative responds according to the organization’s wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization’s voting representative is, go to the My Account page at

then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as “Primary”.

Information about the Committee Specification

The OpenDocument Format is a free, open XML-based document file format for office applications, to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements. OpenDocument Format v1.3 is an update to the international standard Version 1.2, which was approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as ISO/IEC 26300 (2015). OpenDocument Format v1.3 includes improvements for document security, clarifies under-specified components, and makes other timely improvements.

The OpenDocument Format specifies the characteristics of an open 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. It 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.

The TC has received 3 Statements of Use from The Document Foundation, CIB labs GmbH, and Collabora Productivity.[5].

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Part 1: Introduction (Authoritative)

Part 2: Packages (Authoritative)

Part 3: OpenDocument Schema (Authoritative)

Part 4: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format (Authoritative)

XML/RNG schemas and OWL ontologies:

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the specification document and any related files in ZIP distribution files. You can download the ZIP file at:

Additional information

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

TC IPR page

[2] OpenDocument TC comment mailing list:
(You must be subscribed to send to this list. To subscribe, see

Main mailing list:

[3] Candidate OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote:

[4] Public reviews:

[5] Statements of Use: