I've just attended my first SC 34 Plenary, and it was an interesting four days on Jeju island, off the coast of Korea. I'm very pleased with how much we accomplished. The short version is that maintenance of ISO/IEC 29500 has now officially begun; the long version is covered below.
First off, just to clarify what went on this week:
The WG1 meetings on Mon/Tue/Wed covered a variety of topics, because WG1 is tasked with markup languages in general. That includes things like SGML and DSDL, in addition to Open XML and ODF. Here are a few of the topics we discussed during the WG1 meetings:
This meeting took place in a larger meeting room on another floor of the Shineville conference center. I'd estimate we had around 40 people there, although I've not seen the official attendance list yet. By my count there were 15 countries represented: Brazil, Canada, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, South Africa, the UK, and the US. I should note that although I'm on INCITS V1 in the US, I was attending this meeting as a member of the Ecma delegation; the US was represented by Dave Welsh and Patrick Durusau.
The plenary included a variety of adminstrative activities, such as reviewing drafts of the SC 34 business plan and the SC 34 secretariat report, but the main order of business was final debate and approval of a series of resolutions. Those resolutions will be posted on the SC 34 site soon, probably later today. (If you want to follow those postings via an RSS feed, there's an unofficial feed available here.)
UPDATE:The resolutions are now posted at http://www.itscj.ipsj.or.jp/sc34/open/1099.htm. Here's the full text of the resolutions on creation of WG4 and WG5 ... Resolution 2: Establishment of Working Group 4 SC 34 establishes Working Group 4 as follows: Title: Office Open XML Terms of reference: Maintenance of, and projects directly and exclusively related to, ISO/IEC 29500 SC 34 instructs its Secretariat to issue a call for participation to the SC 34 members and to request ISO and IEC to publicise the existence of WG 4 to encourage participation from all who are eligible. Unanimous Resolution 7: Establishment of Working Group 5 SC 34 establishes Working Group 5 as follows: Title: Document Interoperability Terms of Reference: Develop principles of, and guidelines for, interoperability among documents represented using heterogeneous ISO/IEC document file formats. The initial work includes preparation of the Technical Report on ISO/IEC 26300 – ISO/IEC 29500 translation. SC 34 instructs its Secretariat to issue a call for participation to the SC 34 members and to request ISO and IEC to publicise the existence of WG 5 to encourage participation from all who are eligible. Unanimous
Here are a few highlights from the resolutions approved at the plenary:
Overall, it was a busy and productive week. The tone of these meetings was consistently cooperative and results-oriented and it was great to see so much participation from so many people. Many readers of this blog have a lot to offer during maintenance, and I'd encourage you to get involved in your national body if you would like to participate in the process. In accordance with resolutions we passed at the plenary, SC 34 will issue calls for participation in WG4 and WG5 shortly.
For more perspective on this week's meetings, see Alex Brown's blog. As of this writing he has posted on Day 0, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, and I'd expect he'll have a post on the plenary itself (Day 4) up soon. It was great to see Alex and discuss our shared addiction to photography, among other things.
Speaking of, I didn't get out to do any sightseeing on this trip, but I took a few walks near the hotel and snapped lots of photos as usual. You can see some of my favorites on my Flickr photostream.
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Unfortunately France is missing ... thanks to the other countries to be there. Things seems to move in the right way thanks to you guys !
Update 02/10 : nouveaux posts et blog s A suivre sur le blog de Alex Brown, membre du SC 34 et participant
bueno, hablo español me ha gustado el laboratorio de la web muy bien equipadas aqui en Peru en la universidad estamos para implementar mi facultad y me dieron buenas ideas para nosotros es bueno conocer muchas cosas porque de alli damos mas desarrollo para los paises...nos vemos , bay
I would like to know if newly created Office 14 documents will be made to conform to the strict conformance IS 29500 specs.
Would you like to tell us something about it? Thanks in advance
Marc, we're not ready to talk about specific details of Office 14 yet. I've not seen the latest timeline for the beta and related activities, but when it comes time to talk about document format support in Office 14, I'll be covering the details here.
Gracias por su comentario, Leoncio. Man, I wish I could really speak Spanish. C'est la vie. ;-)
Speaking of French ... we missed you in Jeju, Julien!
Those pictures makes me think that it is absurd to make standards in a meeting around a table.
Replace ISO by a wiki, that would be already an improvement in the quality of the standards produced.
Unless someone comes with 6000 pages and "dump" it like a trash bin...
It's official: ISO announced today the publication of the final text of ISO/IEC 29500, the Office Open