|Jon Bosak||Mar 9, 2003 11:31 am|
|Subject:||[ubl] UBL Forms Presentation Subcommittee (FPSC)|
|From:||Jon Bosak (Jon....@sun.com)|
|Date:||Mar 9, 2003 11:31:24 am|
At the opening plenary of the UBL TC meeting in Denver, I noted the consideration of a new UBL subcommittee, provisionally named the Formatting Specification Subcommittee, to develop mappings from UBL schemas to printed forms such as the UN Layout Key.
I invited the members to read a proposed web page for the new subcommittee prepared by Ken Holman and to consider participation. At the closing plenary that Friday, I brought this up again and received commitments from Dan Vint, Gunther Stuhec, and Sue Probert to join the new SC along with Ken.
Since that time, informal discussions among this group have produced refinements to the draft SC site and a new name, somewhat easier to pronounce: FPSC (Forms Presentation SC). Ken is moving the strawman FSSC materials over to FPSC as I write this, so by Monday you should be able to see a strawman FPSC page at
Remember that this is just a placeholder; we haven't actually created the SC yet.
As the contributor of all the XSL stylesheets to the 0p70 release and the primary author of the proposed SC charter, Ken Holman is an obvious candidate for chair of the FPSC. I have asked Ken whether he would agree to take this on, and he has kindly consented to do so.
I've appended the current draft charter for the SC below. Please look this over and speak up if you see anything that needs changing. You should also let us know if you'd like to join the initial group of people forming the FPSC. Assuming that we're done fiddling with the charter by the time I get back from the UN/CEFACT meeting next weekend, I'd like to formally propose creation of the SC at that time in order for it to start operating the week of 17 March.
FPSC Draft charter:
1. To liaise with standardization organizations responsible for paper-based business commerce forms regarding evolving requirements for the display of information.
2. To rapidly develop and document formal technology-agnostic Formatting Specifications as interpretations of internationally standardized or otherwise available paper-based forms for the rendering 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 using different technologies in real-world scenarios (e.g. stylesheet technologies, print technologies, data entry strategies, etc.).
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
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 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.
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 by (TBD) April 1, 2003 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.
Liaison with the UBL Naming and Design Rules subcommittee (for the business semantics) and the UBL Library Content subcommittee (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.
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