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Controlled Trade Markup Language Technical Committee

Date:      Thu, 09 May 2002 15:54:06 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call For Participation: Controlled Trade TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Controlled Trade Markup Language Technical Committee has been proposed by John Borras, U.K. Office of e-Envoy; Steven Saboe, U.S. Dept. of State; and by the following Individual members of OASIS: Todd Harbour; Thomas Fergus; and Glenn Golding.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair, Todd Harbour (, of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) participate in the first meeting on 21 June 2002. You should also subscribe to the TC's discussion list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for participation at the time you time you notify the chair.

The private mail list is for committee discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list web page at, or by sending a message to with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does not make you a member of the TC; to become a member you must contact the TC chair as described in the preceeding paragraph.)

A public comment list will be available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list web page at, or by sending a message to with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message.

The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206

Controlled Trade Markup Language (CTML) Proposal

TC Name

Controlled Trade Markup Language (CTML) Technical Committee (TC)

Statement of Purpose

The end of the Cold War opened new opportunities for international trade, but it also created new challenges to managing transfers of sensitive and strategic goods. The risk of unauthorized sales of strategic items increased as traditional control systems broke down and the number of governmental and private entities with possible access to such items increased. Compounding matters, technological developments, like the Internet, now permit industry to increase the speed and efficiency of its electronic trading processes, requiring improved government-industry cooperation at all levels. However, there is no single, unified, and open means for government and industry to share information in a structured and meaningful manner. Now, more than ever, both government and industry need to improve their data sharing capabilities so that industry remains competitive and so that governments can protect truly sensitive goods.

The purpose of the Trade Control Markup Language (TCML) Technical Committee (TC) is to develop a unified trade control vocabulary that supports an international collection of business documents (e.g., trade applications, cases, licenses, delivery verification certificates, etc.) through the extension and expansion of an existing XML vocabulary. A goal of our work will be to incorporate the best features of other XML business vocabularies and provide a clearly articulated interface to other mutually supporting specifications. In the end, the TCL specification is intended to become an international standard for controlled trade activities, and together with other XML specifications, allow industry, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to unambiguously identify the essential business and legal documents to be exchanged in particular business contexts and geographic locales (i.e., country).

Furthermore, the TCL will align its vocabulary and structures with the vocabulary and structures of other OASIS libraries (like Unified Business Language, Business Transactions, and Customer Information Quality) and implement a mechanism for the generation of context-specific schemas for basic business documents and their components through the application of transformation rules to a common XML source library.

The specification will be open to everyone without licensing or other fees.

List of Deliverables

  • Draft XML Vocabulary, due 6 months after first meeting, Deliverable formats in Unicode, RTF, or PDF file formats
  • Final XML Vocabulary, due 12 months after first meeting, Deliverable formats in Unicode, RTF, or PDF file formats
  • Usage Scenarios, as required, Deliverable formats in Unicode, RTF, or PDF file formats

Business Language


Date and Time of First Meeting

June 21, 2002, format: teleconference

Meeting Schedule for the Year

Bi-weekly VTC or teleconference, Every 90 Days
Instant Messaging, Every 90 Days

Names and address of proposers

Name of TC Chairman

Todd Harbour

Names of Meeting Sponsors

FGM Inc.

Names of Face-to-face Meeting Sponsors

None Identified

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See additional references in the new item of 2002-05-20: "New OASIS Technical Committee for Controlled Trade Markup Language (CTML)."

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