UBL Forms Presentation Subcommittee (FPSC) Charter

$Date: 2003/06/03 19:19:49 $(UTC)


Table of Contents

1. Forms Presentation Subcommittee (FPSC) charter
2. Possible deliverables
3. Scope of work
4. Manner and schedule of work
5. Technical liaison

1. Forms Presentation Subcommittee (FPSC) charter

  1. To liaise with standardization organizations responsible for paper-based business commerce forms regarding evolving requirements for the presentation of information.

  2. To rapidly develop and document formal technology-agnostic (i.e. independent of any particular presentation technology) Formatting Specifications as interpretations of internationally standardized or otherwise available paper-based forms for the presentation of UBL documents suitable for the human reader.

  3. To foster implementations of these interpretations through coordination, guidance and responsiveness to queries, in order to test the viability of these Formatting Specifications using different technologies in real-world scenarios.

2. Possible deliverables

  1. Formatting specification guidelines

    • principles of the development and use of the library of formatting specifications

    • principles of the presentation of UBL information

    • catalogue of known implementations

  2. Office-oriented example formatting specifications

  3. Joinery-oriented example formatting specifications

  4. United Nations UNECE aligned Trade Document layout key formatting specifications

  5. Other scenarios requested by the Library Content Subcommittee for sample instances

3. Scope of work

This committee work is presentation focused. The design of the document models and the semantics of the business process behind the document models is recognized as the purview of other subcommittees. This subcommittee will approach the other subcommittees with questions for clarification regarding these aspects of the UBL information process.

This committee work will bridge the gap between the computers using UBL and the humans who need to see the information, with our focus being presenting the information found in instances of UBL document models. Instances of other document models will not be considered within scope at this time.

Both output-only and input-output presentation scenarios are considered within scope at this time.

Standardizing the presentation of information in a technology-agnostic fashion (i.e. independent of any particular stylesheet technologies, print technologies, data entry strategies, etc.) should foster the innovation and proliferation of implementations. This committee will attempt to nurture the implementation community with arms-length support through respect and responsiveness in order to bring about support from as wide a spectrum of technologies as possible, without bias to any particular technology.

4. Manner and schedule of work

The work of the subcommittee will be primarily through a mail list set up on OASIS for subcommittee work. Access by the public will be through an openly available mail list archive.

A library of intermediate work materials (links, files, meeting minutes, examples, etc.) will be maintained through the subcommittee web site and will be open for public access.

The pace of development will attempt to keep up with the release of new document models from other UBL subcommittees and with the responsiveness of the user community regarding feedback the subcommittee may receive.

A work plan will be developed and published after which it will be reviewed periodically in light of developments and progress.

Teleconferences will be scheduled on a regular basis (perhaps as often as every week or two). Sun Microsystems has offered to arrange for the teleconferences.

5. Technical liaison

Liaison with the UBL Library Content subcommittee (for the business semantics and for sample instances) will be critically important to the understanding of the information being presented.

Liaison with the United Nations electronic Trade Documents (UNeDocs) group of the UNECE is important regarding widely accepted layouts for electronic business information.

Input from and dialogue with other organizations identified through the UBL Liaison Subcommittee will be valuable.