The STAR organization is operated by representatives from our member organizations who vote on all major issues. Issues that do not require a member-wide vote are decided by the STAR Steering Committee, whose members are elected from within the general member organization.
STAR Release Process
Historically, STAR released a new version of the XML standard on an annual basis, around the time of the STAR General Session. STAR has been accelerating the development of new standards and is working hard to begin releasing them throughout the year in the future. Any new content and modifications to existing standards will continue to be decided on by representatives of STAR's member organizations. Additionally, every one of STAR's standards must be voted on by its members before being released to the general public.
STAR Voting Process
Voting applies to the Final Draft release only. Based on the STAR Bylaws "Resolution 2. STAR Voting Structure & Quorum Descriptions" section, STAR requires that a minimum of 50% of the active members participate in the voting process, and an affirmative vote of 75% to pass. The vote remains open for a period of no less than four weeks during the month of April, during which time the member representatives may submit their vote. Votes not received during the designated period will be counted as abstaining. The STAR Steering Committee reserves the right to reschedule the dates of the vote and subsequent publication of the new standards.