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VOTable is a standard for the interchange of data represented as a set of tables, and includes both table metadata and the data itself.

The Application Working Group assumed responsibility for VOTable with version 1.3 when the VOTable Working Group was retired.

Recommendation History

See IVOA Document Versions for the official list of all IVOA documents and versions.

Standard Release Date
VOTable 1.3 20 September 2013
VOTable 1.2 30 November 2009
VOTable 1.1 11 August 2004

In Progress


We are currently working on VOTable 1.4, which is a backward-compatible revision to support a new TIMESYS element and other miscellaneous cleanup. See also the original note: A Proposal for a TIMESYS Element in VOTable

Latest Draft

VOTable 1.4 (Working Draft)

Please add comments, concerns, and implementation notes to this RFC page: VOTable 1.4 Request For Comments

Past Drafts

See: VOTable 1.4 Working Draft Notes


Consider for future version Reference Major/Minor Notes
Port the VOTable source to ivoatex. email Minor Markus has valiantly volunteered.
DataLink recommends using a "content" parameter. Consider mentioning it in sec. 8 (MIME types) to avoid other standards reinventing the same thing with a different name. email Minor  
Add optional "origin" or "refposition" attribute to COOSYS email Minor  
Remove mention of UType in section 1.4, as it is lacking a standard. email Minor  
Sec. 4.6: Remove paragraph "In order to avoid name collisions..." email Minor  

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